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The Most Annoying Airplane Passenger Behavior
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:37:54 PM »
So what's the most annoying thing on an airoplane, seat kicking from behind, people walking up n down the isle using the head rests to steady themselves waking you up. planes less than 15 years old have a hidden handrail located just beneath the overhead lockers, the cabin crew use them.
But as explains, most travelers will continue to grab the top of your seat on their way down the aisle.

There's a Secret Handrail on Planes You're Not Using

For the past three years, fliers in Expedia's annual airplane etiquette study have voted seat-kicking as the most annoying passenger behavior. Following close behind in the fight to be named the worst? Inattentive Parents (59 percent); The Aromatic Passenger (55 percent); The Audio Insensitive (49 percent); and The Boozer (49 percent), which round out the top five. In its entirety, the survey runs through 14 of the worst passenger behaviors—ending with "The Single and Ready to Mingle"—but nowhere does it mention the act of grabbing the top of someone's seat, which is significantly more annoying because airplanes are, well, designed to prevent this very thing. All you have to do is look up.

Once just netting to hold hats, coats, or briefcases in early airplane models, bin space has evolved—so much so that on many aircraft built in the past 15 years, there's an integrated handrail just below the overhead bins. But the molded handrail exists for more than just minimizing your annoyance at fellow travelers who claw at your seat when walking to their own.

Ever see a flight attendant walking down the aisle, running a hand along the bottom of the overhead compartment? They're not just admiring how smooth and shiny the bin space is. Instead, they're tucking their fingers in the scalloped "handrail" for balance, which is crucial when there's turbulence and they're standing. There isn't just a place to put your paw when the bins are closed, either; on some airplanes, you'll notice when the bins are open, there's a curved edge you're meant to grip, too.

No matter how well airplanes are designed—and despite our little PSA here—we're guessing that many travelers will continue to grab the top of your seat on their way down the aisle or to the bathroom. Yet another reason to choose the middle seat, right?
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Airplane Etiquette Study Shows Seat-Kicking Edges Bad Parenting as Most Aggravating Behavior

“Aromatic,” “Audio Insensitive” and “Boozing” Passengers Compete for Least-Favored Status

BELLEVUE, Wash., January 17, 2017 –®, today released the results of the Airplane Etiquette Study, an examination of American conduct in mid-air. In particular, Airplane Etiquette identifies passenger behaviors that most infuriate fellow travelers. Out of all behaviors, including boozing, excessive chatting, undressing and inattentive parenting, one earns the most fury: rear-seat kicking.

The study solicited feedback from 1,005 Americans aged 18+. It was commissioned by Expedia and conducted by GfK, an independent global market research company.

“As we embark on 2017, millions and millions of people will be taking to the air this year, and should know that there’s no better gift you can give to a fellow traveler than respect and generosity,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, “The Airplane Etiquette study shows that small acts of decorum can go a long way. After all, as it relates to flights, we are quite literally all in this together.”

Personal space and peace of mind are paramount

Sixty-four percent of Americans cited the “Rear Seat Kicker” as the most problematic passenger, edging “Inattentive Parents” (59 percent), defined as “parents who have no control over, or pay no attention to, their crying, whining or misbehaved children.” “Aromatic” passengers – those with poor hygiene or those wearing excessive cologne or perfume – are the third least-liked (55 percent), followed by the “Audio Insensitive” (49%), the passenger who talks loudly or listens to music without consideration for fellow fliers.

“The Boozer,” a drunken, disruptive person, annoys 49 percent of his fellow passengers. However, only 12 percent of Americans claim to consume more than two alcoholic drinks when flying.

“Chatty Cathy” – the neighbor who strikes up conversation and won’t stop – frustrates 40 percent of American fliers. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) report that they “dread” sitting next to someone who talks too much. On the whole, more than one-third (35 percent) of Americans would pay extra to be seated in a “designated quiet zone,” should the airline offer one.

Americans divided on whether to recline seats

Thirty-five percent of surveyed Americans dislike the “Seat-Back Guy,” the passenger who reclines his seat fully as soon as the plane takes off. A full 37 percent of Americans would choose to have reclining seats banned entirely, or at least restricted to set times on short-haul flights.

More than half (53 percent) of Americans do recline their seats when flying, while 23 percent report that they do not because they deem it “improper etiquette.” An additional 11 percent do not recline because they feel it is uncomfortable. A quarter (25 percent) of respondents claim that they would recline their seat for retaliatory reasons, if the passenger behind them “showed aggressive behavior or was rude.” A full 11 percent of those who claim to recline would do so even if the passenger behind them was “noticeably pregnant.”

Americans report that they are reluctant to address misbehaving passengers directly*. Sixty-two percent would choose to alert the flight attendant to have them handle, while 33 percent would endure in silence. One in ten respondents would “confront a misbehaving passenger directly,” while 13 percent would record the offending behavior via their phone camera. And five percent would turn to social media: 3 percent would “shame a fellow passenger’s behavior via social channels,” while 2 percent would simply “tweet about it.”

Just under 3 percent of Americans report having “been physically intimate” with a fellow passenger aboard a plane. “The Amorous” passengers – couples who display an “inappropriate level of public affection” towards one another – were cited disapprovingly by 28 percent of Americans.

Mixed levels of attention to flight attendants

Nearly four in 10 Americans (39 percent) “always” pay attention to the flight attendant during safety presentations, while a nearly equal percentage, 42 percent, say they do so “occasionally.” Two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans turn their phone to Airplane Mode when instructed to do so, though 15 percent “never” do so.

Despite the long list of behaviors that incur passengers’ ire in-flight, all is not lost onboard. Seventy-nine percent feel that “for the most part, fellow passengers are considerate of one another,” and 74 percent “thoroughly clean their space before leaving the plane.” Four in 10 fliers report having helped another passenger with luggage, while 28 percent have offered up their seat to another.

The full ranked list of onboard etiquette violators includes:

    The Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 64 percent of respondents)
    Inattentive Parents (59 percent)
    The Aromatic Passenger (55 percent)
    The Audio Insensitive (49 percent)
    The Boozer (49 percent)
    Chatty Cathy (40 percent)
    The Queue Jumper (35 percent)
    Seat-Back Guy (35 percent)
    The Armrest Hog (34 percent)
    Pungent Foodies (30 percent)
    The Undresser (28 percent)
    The Amorous (28 percent)
    The Mad Bladder (22 percent)
    The Single and Ready to Mingle (18 percent)

* For totals that exceed 100 percent, respondents were given the option of choosing more than one answer.
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Re: The Most Annoying Airplane Passenger Behavior
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 12:30:34 PM »
Why You Shouldn't Recline Your Airplane Seat

In this new, slightly less civilized era of domestic flight, what don't we fight over when we board a plane? There's the battle for the overhead bin, blurred lines around allergies and passenger removal, and some people absolutely losing it over legroom. Nothing is perhaps as divisive, however, as the issue of whether or not to recline your seat. In our latest Great Debate, editors weigh in:

Reclining is rude: "The most innovative thing Virgin America ever did was to put tiny stickers in their lavatories. 'We’re all in this together,' the decal read, reminding travelers, in their one brief moment of privacy while packed with 126 other economy passengers aboard an Airbus A320 flying over Wichita, that sometimes the common good trumps personal comfort. Flying can sometimes be a pain, the little slogan seemed to acknowledge, but if we all treat each other decently, everything will end up okay. Viewed in that context, reclining your airline seat is nothing short of sociopathic. It’s not hyperbole! When you lean back, luxuriating in those precious few inches you’ve robbed from the passenger in the next row, you’re damaging the ad hoc society we form every time the boarding door is closed.

Sure, you paid for the seat, and on most airlines that comes with the right to recline. But, as parents everywhere say, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Call it the George Costanza principle: Even on an airplane, 'we’re living in a society!' Those few extra inches might make your flight a tiny bit more comfortable—but your leaning back will make mine a whole lot worse. And didn’t we agree at the outset that we’re all in this together?" —Paul Brady, Senior Editor

Reclining is my right: "I don't consider myself a selfish person, or one who acts with a blatant disregard for others' privacy, space, or comfort. Yet when I'm on an airplane, sizing my nearly-six-foot-tall frame into some 30 inches of pitch, I will take what little extra space I can—space that, included in the price and feature of the seat, is rightfully mine. Chalk it up to sunk cost. Despite what some of my co-workers say, however, I'm not a monster: I won't recline when someone is eating, and will move my seat if someone asks me to. And while the idea that refusing my right to recline certainly benefits the person behind me, it doesn't really matter unless everyone on the plane abides by the rule, right? Otherwise, when one person reclines, so does another, setting off a domino-like chain of cramped passengers trying to get as much space as they can.

In the not-too-distant future, I can see more airlines entertaining the notion of getting rid of the "recline" feature in economy. Until then, you can catch me in coach, taking advantage of those precious few inches—and getting myself farther away from the reclined seat ahead of me." —Katherine LaGrave, Associate Digital Editor

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