BELLEVUE, WASH. - Expedia.com released the results of the third annual Airplane Etiquette Study, which asked Americans to rank the most frustrating behaviors exhibited by the hundreds of millions of fellow Americans who fly each year. The study was commissioned by Expedia and conducted by GfK, an independent global market research company.
The Expedia's 2015 Airplane Etiquette study consisted of 1,019 interviews of randomly selected U.S. adult residents, conducted between August 7-9, 2015.
Seat-Kickers Are the Worst
Americans rank "Rear Seat Kickers" as the most aggravating co-passengers. When asked to choose from a list of annoying behaviors, 61% of Americans cited seat-kicking as a top in-flight concern. "Inattentive Parents" – parents who exhibit little or no control over their children – rank a close second (59%). The "Aromatic Passenger," who exhibits poor hygiene or is in some other way giving off a strong scent, was the third least-liked passenger, cited by 50% of Americans.
The "Audio Insensitive," who either talks loudly or whose music or entertainment is clearly audible to neighbors, annoys 50% of Americans. 45% of Americans scorn "The Boozer," and 43% complained about "Chatty Cathy," the overly talkative seatmate. The full list of etiquette violators, including "The Amorous," "The Undresser" and the "Mad Bladder," is included down below.
"Planes continue to fly full, never more so than during this season, when millions of Americans will fly to be with their families for the holidays," said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, Expedia.com. "Inside a packed plane at 30,000 feet, both good behavior and bad behavior are amplified. Respecting our fellow passengers is a small but important gift we can all give each other."
The Quiet Zone
Americans show a marked preference for peace and quiet in midair. Three-quarters of Americans concede that "small talk is fine," but they prefer to keep to themselves for most of the flight. 16% admit that they use flights as an "opportunity to meet and talk to new people." 66% of Americans "dread" sitting next to them. 53% of American fliers find themselves annoyed by parents traveling with loud children, and a full third (37%) of Americans would actually pay extra to be seated in a designated "quiet zone" if the airline offered one.
To Recline or Not
Reclining seats can be a flash point; nearly one third (32%) of Americans say they would either prefer to have reclining seats banned entirely, or at least restricted to set times during short-haul flights. Yet only 31% of Americans refuse to recline their own seats. Among the larger percentage of Americans who do lean back, 30% do so when they plan to sleep. 28% recline if the flight exceeds three hours, and 13% do so immediately after takeoff. 13% recline when the passenger in front of them does, domino-style. - See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/69003/rear-seat-kickers-are-america-s#.dpuf
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