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The Most Annoying Airplane Habits Revealed

Dorathy Gass

For those business travelers who fly alone, at times, going solo can be an opportunity to meet a new and interesting friend; other times, the experience and habits of the person next to you, can annoy an individual to no end.

Road Warrior Voices reported that Expedia recently conducted a 2015 study, diving into airplane etiquette, and their results were astounding … or maybe not so much. An overwhelming 61 percent of flyers surveyed stated that co-passengers (from behind) that kick the seat, are the most annoying to travel with. This may include adults, and children (for the most part), however if it was a child at the helms of the seat-kicking, then it might be due to their ‘inattentive parents’ which ranked second at 59 percent, as the most annoying people to fly with. The number three spot went to those co-passengers that provide too much aroma on flights, whether that be in the form of overly splashed perfume/cologne or other unhygienic bodily scents; that gathered 50% of vote.

Others that made the list? Those passengers who are distracting with loud headphones, and those flyers who provide the awkward moments of the flight by consuming way too much alcohol during travel. Oddly enough, while Expedia found 16 percent of U.S. flyers find airplanes a good opportunity to meet new people and share conversations; one of the annoying habits that topped the etiquette list where people who talked to much, and over-shared.

Lastly, reclining seats came up in the survey, and 32 percent of American respondents claimed they wish this option was entirely banned, or restricted during certain times of flight. Meanwhile on the other side of the spectrum, 30 percent do recline; but only if they plan to sleep. Additionally, 28 percent admitted to reclining if their travel went over the three-hour mark, and 13 percent recline as soon as the plane is in the air.

The market research company GFK conducted the survey, with over 1,000 individuals responding to the study.