Study reveals the habits that enrage fellow flyers including seat kickers

  • A huge 41 per cent voted those who kick the seat to be the worst offender
  • Brits are among the least likely to strike up conversation with other flyers
  • Contenders include people listening to loud music and drunk passengers

Is there anything worse than being sat in front of a ‘seat kicker’ on a flight? Brits don’t think so.

Flyers have revealed their co-passengers’ most irritating behaviour during a flight, and the top contenders include those who leave children unattended, people who listen to loud music, and party-goers who get too drunk at 35,000ft.

Of 11,000 travellers across 22 countries asked, the majority agreed that the single most infuriating travellers are those who feel obliged to kick the back of the seat.

The Passenger Preferences Index study also revealed that 41 per cent of Brits voted those who constantly kick the seat to be the worst offender

The Passenger Preferences Index study also revealed that 41 per cent of Brits voted those who constantly kick the seat to be the worst offender

The study, which is based on the results of research by Northstar on behalf of Expedia, highlighted that those who spray to much – or too little – deodorant, people who hog the armrest and those who strike up a conversation are also high up on the most unbearable passenger list.

The Passenger Preferences Index study also revealed that 41 per cent of Brits voted those who constantly kick the seat to be the worst offender.

British reserve comes through strongly in the findings, as the study shows that Brits are among the least likely to strike up conversation with fellow travellers.

In fact, a huge 63 per cent admitted to burying their heads in books, magazines, and newspapers to seek solace when flying long-haul – and 16 per cent said they would be willing to pay extra for a quiet zone area.

However, despite the attempts to avoid interaction, a surprising one in ten British flyers admitted to having an argument with fellow passengers on board a flight. 

The survey also suggests that travellers from Mexico, India, China and Germany could be among the worst people for Brits to sit next to, as they’re the chattiest on-flight companions.

Party-goers who get too drunk at 35,000ft were voted as the most annoying by 25 per cent of Brits asked

Party-goers who get too drunk at 35,000ft were voted as the most annoying by 25 per cent of Brits asked

Inappropriate public displays of affection from amorous couples turned off seven per cent of British travellers asked

Inappropriate public displays of affection from amorous couples turned off seven per cent of British travellers asked

Inattentive parents who have no control over misbehaving children were voted annoying by 39 per cent of voters as the most annoying and the person who fully reclines his or her seat as soon as the plane takes off was selected by 30 per cent.

The heavy-weight flyer, who is classed as overweight, closely followed in the league of passengers Brits find most irritating with a score of 24 per cent.

Inappropriate public displays of affection from amorous couples turned off seven per cent of British travellers asked.

Managing Director for Brand Expedia in Northern Europe, Andy Washington, said: ‘Our goal with this global study is to understand travellers’ differing experiences and preferences for air travel.

‘We all enjoy jetting off on our holidays but it’s clear that certain passenger behaviours can be very challenging.’

THE MOST ANNOYING AIRLINE PASSENGERS 

PASSENGER TYPES 

Rear Seat Kicker

Inattentive Parents 

The Aromatic Passenger

The Boozer

The Snorer

Audio Insensitive

Chatty Cathy

Seat-back Guy

The Heavy-Weight

The Armrest Hog 

GLOBAL FIGURES

34 per cent

33 per cent

30 per cent

24 per cent

23 per cent

22 per cent

21 per cent

19 per cent

19 per cent

12 per cent 

UK FIGURES

41 per cent

39 per cent

23 per cent

25 per cent

16 per cent

16 per cent

14 per cent

30 per cent

24 per cent

13 per cent 

 

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