Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Are seat kickers worse than screaming kids when flying?

I've just done three domestic Virgin Australia flights in 12 hours and all of them were on time and completely painless. Qantas, too, have been very good recently. 

But flying can be tiresome, particularly long haul flights, if you get the wrong person sitting beside you; or behind you, or you gut a seat right next to the toilets, which start to stink after a few hours.


The results of a study conducted by the Expedia.com.au brand, released today, show that Australians most hate being seated in front of fellow passengers who kick the back of their seat. 

This behaviour is hated even more than parent who allow their children to scream and rampage around the cabin (my most hated) and those who insist on talking loudly to the stranger next to them. 

The Airplane Etiquette Study asked Australians to rank the most frustrating behaviours exhibited by the millions of fellow passengers who fly each year. 

Topping the list of annoying behaviours were Back Seat Kickers, with 77% of Australians citing this as aggravating behaviour. More than a third of respondents (36%) claim to have experienced major discomfort on a flight due to a passenger kicking their seat from behind. 

Inattentive Parents - parents who have little or no control over their noisy children - were second on the list of travellers Aussies find to be the most annoying, followed by "aromatic passengers" - classified as people with poor hygiene or wearing too much perfume or cologne. 

The top 10 ranked annoyances were: 

1. Rear Seat Kicker: The passenger who constantly shuffles and kicks the seat in front.

2. Inattentive Parents: Parents who have no control over or pay no attention to their children. 

3. The Aromatic Passenger: The passenger with poor hygiene or wearing too much perfume. 

4. The Boozer: The disruptive passenger who has enjoyed a few too many drinks, 

5. The Audio Insensitive: The passenger who talks too loudly. 

6. The Recliner: The passenger who reclines their seat all the way back as meals are being served,

7. Chatty Cathy: The passenger who strikes up a conversation and won’t stop.

8. Pungent Foodie: The passenger who brings food with a strong smell on board.

9. Mad Bladder: The window-seat passenger who makes frequent visits to the toilet. 

10. The Amorous: The couple that displays an inappropriate level of public affection. 

“Having a pleasant flight largely depends on cooperation from fellow passengers,” according to Kelly Cull, who is a travel expert with Expedia.com.au. 

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a short or long flight, as Aussies gear up for the summer holidays, we should remember that a little consideration goes a long way to ensure everyone enjoys their trip.”

Almost a fifth (18% of passengers) would pay extra to be seated in a designated “quiet zone” if the airline offered one.

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