‘Rear seat kickers’ top list of most annoying airplane passengers

(KHON) — You’ve probably experienced one or more of these types of airplane passengers.

You might have even been an offender yourself.

Either way, Expedia suggests being mindful of your fellow passengers, especially during the busy holiday travel season.

The travel website released its 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.

Turns out, Rear Seat Kickers are the most aggravating co-passengers. When asked to choose from a list of annoying behaviors, 61 percent of Americans cited seat-kicking as a top in-flight concern.

Inattentive Parents, or parents who exhibit little or no control over their children, rank a close second at 59 percent.

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 percent of Americans.

“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 study was commissioned by Expedia and conducted by GfK, an independent global market research company.

Click here for more information and view the full list below:

  1. Rear Seat Kicker (61%)
  2. Inattentive Parents (59%)
  3. The Aromatic Passenger (50%)
  4. The Audio Insensitive (talking or music) (50%)
  5. The Boozer (45%)
  6. Chatty Cathy (43%)
  7. Carry-On Baggage Offenders (38%)
  8. The Queue Jumper (rushes to deplane) (35%)
  9. Seat-Back Guy (the seat recliner) (32%)
  10. Overhead Bin Inconsiderate (stows bag in first available spot, rather than nearest to his/her seat) (32%)
  11. Pungent Foodies (30%)
  12. Back Seat Grabber (27%)
  13. The Amorous (inappropriate affection levels) (26%)
  14. Undresser (removes shoes, socks or more) (26%)
  15. Mad Bladder (window seat passenger who makes repeat bathroom visits) (24%)
  16. The Single and Ready to Mingle (13%)
  17. The Seat Switcher (13%)

For passengers like Fabien Bruckelt, it’s the people that have had too much to drink: “I think number one is the drunk people. They’re really not good.”

Cassie Nailor can’t stand the person who reclines their chair back at just the wrong moment, especially when there’s food involved. “It’s a bit hard when you nearly drop food on your lap,” she said.

Her boyfriend, Troy Bay, agrees. “I’m quite a tall guy and it doesn’t make it easy for you. It’s happened probably every flight we get on,” he said.

Whatever it is that gets under your skin on a long flight or even a short one, the question is, what do you do about it? One response is to give in and hit the call button.

But Bay says it’s not an option. “No. You want to, but most flights where it happens, we get a lot of hour-long flights. You just sort of deal with it,” he said.

Nailor says she’s had to deal with second-ranked inattentive parents before, but rather than say something, she lets it slide.

“No, I just put up with it. I feel sorry even more for the parents,” she said.

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