A survey revealed the most annoying passengers on flights

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Consider yourself lucky if you’ve never been annoyed by another passenger during a flight! Most travelers have encountered an annoying passenger at some point during their flight. The more you fly, the more often you see (or smell) passengers who are clearly not your favorite characters on the flight. In the recent surveytravelers were asked what behavior of other passengers annoys them.

Below are the 10 most annoying passengers on flights, along with the percentage of respondents who found their behavior annoying.

A man standing in an airplane is annoyed by waiting in line during flights

1) Passengers kicking the seat

Percentage of respondents: 59.11%

Unsurprisingly, passengers found those who hit the backs of their seats to be one of the most annoying things a flight attendant can do. As a direct physical attack on travelers’ personal space and comfort, it makes sense that it’s at the top of the list.

2) Passengers who become drunk and unruly

Percentage of respondents: 59.11%

Drunken and unruly passengers were tied with their feet to the seats for 1str place, and it’s no wonder why. When you’re thousands of feet in the air in a metal tube, you won’t be able to get away from the situation. Unfortunately, some passengers can’t handle alcohol, which leads to very uncomfortable and even dangerous situations like the one below.

@disgruntled_trini Drunk airline passenger 🥴 #🇹🇹🇹🇹🇹🇹 #trinittiktokers🇹🇹🆙️🔥 #trinidad #trini_tiktoks #fyp #for you #leftpage #you #unhappy_threesome #PNM #for ♬ original sound – disgruntled_trini

At best, you’ll have to put up with the snoring of someone who’s had one too many. In the worst case, there were threats of physical violence. This kind of behavior can go from annoying to dangerous pretty quickly.

3) Passengers who smell bad (or too good)

Percentage of respondents: 48%

Almost half of respondents said that passengers who smell bad because of poor hygiene or use too much cologne annoy them. Being stuck in a giant flying tube with hundreds of other people is bad enough. Add in bad smells and it’s a whole different experience.

4) Passengers who are negligent parents

Percentage of respondents: 46.81%

A negligent father on a plane sleeps on flights

Smelly passengers are followed by parents who do not pay attention during the flight. Almost half of the respondents noted their parents who are not involved in their upbringing children annoy them in flight. Unfortunately, this behavior often coincides with the #1 most annoying thing – sitting with feet up.

5) Passengers who eat food with a strong smell

Percentage of respondents: 39.8%

Similar to #3, passengers who eat food products with a sharp smell can irritate the surrounding people. However, these odors are not as irritating as passengers who smell unpleasantly.

6) Passengers holding the armrest

Percentage of respondents: 39.07%

A man is holding an armrest

Almost two out of five respondents think that passengers who pull the armrest are annoying. You probably know what they mean if you’re stuck in a middle seat with two armrests.

7) Passengers who recline the seat all the way

Percentage of respondents: 38.25%

For years, travelers have argued about reclining their seats on airplanes. However, about 38% of respondents agreed that it was an annoying behavior.

A man reclines his seat all the way in an airplane

8) Passengers who talk to you too much

Percentage of respondents: 29.87%

Getting stuck in a conversation is a nightmare for many travelers, but at least on land there’s a way to get away. Thousands of feet in the air, there is no way around a talkative passenger. However, starting the flight with headphones can help avoid unwanted conversation.

9) Passengers boarding or disembarking outside the queue

Percentage of respondents: 29.60%

Passenger boarding the plane

Everyone witnessed impatient passengers jumping out of their seats and rushing down the aisle just waiting for the plane’s doors to open. Maybe they’re afraid of missing their connecting flight, or maybe they just are. In any case, nearly 3 out of 10 respondents found it annoying.

10) Passengers listening have headphones that are too loud

Percentage of respondents: 28.96%

Airplanes are loud as they are and often drown out a lot of background noise. If someone’s music is so loud that you can hear it, it’s probably too loud. That’s slightly behind passengers who miss their turn to board, with just under 3 in 10 saying they’re annoyed by loud music or movies.

A passenger holds headphones in an airplane

Additional services are worth noting

A few of the more annoying passengers that didn’t make the top 10 are passengers who take off their shoes, passengers who use the overhead space far in front of their seat, and passengers who use their PDAs too much. One thing remains clear. Getting a few hundred people together in an enclosed space for a few hours is bound to reveal some behaviors that annoy fellow travelers.

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