The Worst Types Of Plane Passengers, According To Expedia
Unless you fly business class, you may find flying a dismal experience. After all, there’s nothing fun about being seated so closely to people when you don’t know their habits (or level of common sense). And if you’ve taken your fair share of flights, you’d know by now that not everyone behaves as, well, appropriately. But just what are the worst type of plane passengers out there?
Expedia, the popular travel booking website, recently conducted a deep dive into travel behaviour for its 2018 Airplane and Hotel Etiquette Study and found the answers. Scroll through the gallery to see if you agree… or if you’re guilty.
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1. The seat kicker/bumper/grabber
For the fourth year in a row, more than half of the respondents said that passengers who constantly kick, grab or bump their seat are the most annoying. And with how there will be smaller legroom on some airline carriers to accommodate more seats, it seems like this behaviour won’t be going away anytime soon.
2. The aromatic passenger
Taking in whiffs of foot odour and bad breath is gross, if not nauseating, and it’s not uncommon to disembark from a plane feeling like you need a good scrub in the shower. It’s no wonder an increasing number of people are starting to wear protective face masks on a flight.
3. The inattentive parent
We can’t blame kids for being kids, but we can blame parents for failing to parent — which is basically whenever they do nothing to keep their kids’ poor behaviour in check. No one appreciates the presence of a ‘demonic’ child, which explains the growing support for child-free zones on planes.
4. Personal space violators
It’s impossible to understand why some people think it’s OK to have their elbow in your space, and it doesn’t help that most of them don’t get a hint even after you’ve shot them the look. But as you may have already realised, there are lots of clueless people around, and if you can help it, it always helps to let things go.
5. Audio insensitive
It can be hard to read a book or fall asleep when the person next to you just won’t keep the volume down — whether that of their voice or earphones. We all want to shut off on a plane so that time may pass faster, so when we’re stopped from doing just that, it’s natural that we can get pretty riled up.