Most annoying airline passengers

For the second year straigt, seat-kickers have earned the honor of being America’s most annoying airplane passengers.

The tap, tap, tapping with intermittent knees and feet to the back irks 61% of Americans surveyed for Expedia’s third annual Airplane Etiquette Study.

“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, in a press release. “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 survey also revealed current attitudes towards reclining seats –an ongoing flashpoint in travel — with interesting results.

About one-third of respondents said they’d like to see reclining seats banned entirely, or restricted to set times during short-haul flights.

The same percentage of travellers also said they refuse to recline.

The most common reason for adjusting seatbacks is to sleep.

And 13 per cent admitted they recline immediately after takeoff.

Overall, American flyers were globally optimistic, with three-quarters of respondents agreeing that passengers are, for the most part, considerate.

As for the Mile High Club, membership is exclusive, with just one per cent admitting to have engaged in sky-high nookie, or knowing a traveller who did.


The full list

Here’s the ranked list of Most annoying airline passengers, with percentage cited by study respondents:

1. Rear seat-kicker (61%)

2. Inattentive parents (59%)

3. Aromatic passenger (50%)

4. Audio-insensitive (talking/music) (50%)

5. Boozer (45%)

6. Chatty Cathy (43%)

7. Carry-on baggage offenders (38%)

8. Queue-jumper (rushes to deplane) (35%)

9. Seat-back guy (aka 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-of-seat grabber (27%)

13. 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. Single and ready to mingle (13%)

17. Seat switcher (13%)