Etiquette in the Air

 

Long-legged flyers, it seems, are the scourge of airline travel, after seatback kickers emerged as the most annoying type of airline passengers in a newly released report.

According to Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study, 67% of the 1,000 US travellers polled cited rear-seat kickers as their biggest pet peeve.

This surpassed last year’s most annoying flyer, the inattentive parent, the kind who lets their children run wild in the aisles and throw temper tantrums in the middle of the in-flight meal.

The findings come as unfortunate news for taller flyers who, through no fault of their own, are forced to cram their knees up against the seat in front of them due to overpacked cabin designs and shrinking leg room.

After seatback kickers and inconsiderate parents, smelly seatmates (be it overpowering perfumes or poor hygiene), the ‘audio insensitive’ and the ‘boozer’ round out the top five most annoying types of passengers.

When it comes to seatback behaviour, the Expedia report also found a few interesting trends.  While men are more likely than women to recline theor seats, about one-third of American flyers said their recline to sleep.

More than half (55%) said their don’t bother asking permission from the passenger behind them before reclining ans 12% said their recline immediately after take-off.

About one-third of American flyers said their recline to sleep.

More than half (55%) said their don’t bother asking permission from the passenger behind them before reclining ans 12% said their recline immediately after take-off.