On a long flight shhh..Do Not Disturb


Expedia.com, a global travel company, made a deep dive into travel behavior in a study that discovered that the top three things most people can’t stand are seat kickers, barefoot passengers and excessively chatty or loud travelers.

According to the analysis entitled 2018 Airplane and Hotel Etiquette Study the average person takes five flights per year and spends 14 nights in a hotel, “so it’s not surprising strong opinions are formed when traveling”.

Expedia report added that for the fourth year in a row, more than half of global respondents identified the passenger who constantly kicks, grabs or bumps their seat as the most annoying. With the average amount of legroom decreasing on some airline carriers to accommodate more seats, this behavior is likely to remain one of the most common and most hated, is a study forecast.

Expedia suggested travelers might find some insurance against seat kicking by upgrading to premium economy or choosing a seat in front of an exit row. Or join the 62 percent of travelers who politely notify airline staff about the annoyance and save themselves hours of irritation.

The market exploration reflected that 51% of the usual passengers interviewed for the study hate the so called Seat Kicker. Others very rejected are the Aromatic Passenger (43 percent), The Inattentive Parent (39 percent) Personal Space Violators (34 percent) and Audio Insensitive (29 percent).

Another peculiar discovery of Expedia’s research in that over 90 percent of global respondents agree it’s not ok to be barefoot during a flight. The report said that this is particularly true for nearly 75 percent of Americans who said they always keep their shoes and socks on. The advice of the specialists is that getting comfy on a long flight is tough, but there is a happy medium to avoid grossing out seatmates.

Only remove shoes, and never prop feet up on the seatback or encroach into the next row.

The Expedia.com analysis also found out who hates whom in hotels because of personal behaviors. Identified the annoying people in hotels as The Inattentive Parents (45 percent), the In-Room Revelers and The Hallway Hellraisers (41 percent), The Complainers (29 percent), The Party-goers and The Bar Boozer (27 percent).

The conclusions of the study are clear. Whether in-flight or in bed, people just want peace and quiet. Expedia added that nearly 90 percent of Americans prefer to keep to themselves during a flight, while 66 percent always or frequently use the privacy indicator to prevent hotel staff from entering their room.

To pass the time while flying, Americans would rather sleep (69%) than talk to other passengers (28%). And flying isn’t the time to ramble – the study shows 77 percent of Americans dread sitting next to someone who talks too much.

So shhh..Do Not Disturb

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