Thursday, November 12, 2015

The takeaway: don't be one of these people.
We've all been there: stuck for hours next to the worst
airplane passenger on the history of the Earth, ever.
That "worst passenger
ever" looks different for everyone: over-talkative seatmates, parents ignoring
their screaming children, the always-horrible over-recliner.
Expedia recently
released a survey consisting of opinions from 1,019 Americans on the biggest
social crimes that can be committed 40,000 feet in the air.
Read on and learn.
The Rear Seat Kicker Takes the Cake Sixty-one percent of survey takers
listed seat kickers as the worst possible type of passenger.
In fact, 32
percent of the surveyed said they wished reclining seats would be banned
altogether. Inattentive parents came in second with 59 percent.
Third place
was claimed by the "Aromatic Passenger" coming in at 50 percent. Social
Shaming In the event of an in-flight disturbance, 49 percent of the
surveyed said they would "sit quietly and attempt to ignore them." Twenty-one
percent said they would confront the misbehaving passenger directly.
A small
10 percent said they would record the situation on their phone—but only
three percent admitted that they would actually publish the footage on social
media.
Quiet, Please When it comes to small talk, Americans are torn.
Sixteen
percent shared that they see air travel as an opportunity to meet and talk to
new people.
But 66 percent of surveyed fliers "dread" getting seated next to
said conversationalists.
That being said, only 37 percent of travelers would
pay extra to sit in a designated quiet zone.
The Mile High Club Despite how well known this, eh, "cultural phenomenon"
may be, only one percent of the survey takers admitted to being actual
members, either with a travel partner or with someone they met on their
flight.
Other Offenders Rear Seat Kicker: 61 percent Inattentive Parents: 59
percent The Aromatic Passenger: 50 percent The Audio Insensitive (talking
or music): 50 percent The Boozer: 45 percent Chatty Cathy: 43 percent
Carry-On Baggage Offenders: 38 percent The Queue Jumper (rushes to
deplane): 35 percent Seat-Back Guy (the seat recliner): 32 percent
Overhead Bin Inconsiderate (stows bag in first available spot rather than
nearest his-her seat): 32 percent Pungent Foodies: 30 percent Back Seat
Grabber: 27 percent The Amorous (inappropriate affection levels): 26 percent
Undresser (removes shoes, socks, more): 26 percent Mad Bladder (window
seat passenger who makes repeat bathroom breaks): 24 percent The Single and
Ready to Mingle: 13 percent The Seat Switcher: 13 percent Erika Owen is
the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and
Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
Expedia recently shared their third annual Airplane Etiquette
Survey.
The takeaway: Don't be one of these people.
Read more here.

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