The most annoying airline passengers are? The annual list of terrible travelers is out, and the number one bellyache, supplanting last year’s top gripe of parents with screaming kids, is the dreaded seat kicker.
Inattentive parents, boozers, “aromatic” passengers (overbearing BO is equally offensive as bathing in Jovan Musk), being audio insensitive with your devices, seat recliners, porn watchers, the Mad Bladder constant urinator – all were rated below the idiots who can’t keep their clodhoppers off the rear of your seat.
Writes the AFP, via MSN Travel on Nov. 10: “According to the latest edition of Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study, seat-kickers narrowly beat out inattentive parents this year, with 61 percent of the 1,019 respondents polled in the US agreeing that restless, seatback kickers make the worst type of seatmates.”
The list of potential grievances while flying the friendly skies seems to swell every year. Airplane aisles are getting smaller, baggage fees are growing, and our patience to tolerate the person inches away from us is waning. In fact, this Southwest passenger choked a woman because she reclined her seat into him.
There are the folks that tote their oversized carry-on at chest level, as if they are doing some sort of kettlebell press, thus biffing each seated passenger in the head as they walk by. They are only stalled by the doofus who cannot settle himself properly in the seat, and is holding up the line of passengers whose vexation is mounting by the minute. Overhead compartment hoggers and armrest conquerors are in that ilk as well.
Once seated, you have to endure the Chatty Cathy, who doesn’t shut up like the 1960s Mattel toy when the pull-string runs out. And yes, we know that your feet swell in the air, but ladies, if you have limburger cheese feet, then please, for the sake of our ozone layer and the sensitive cilia of our nasal cavities, keep those Ugg boots on, and let the sheepskin wick away the sweat like they are supposed to do.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the main deplaning breach of etiquette. What, may we ask, is gained by the need for everyone to jump up as soon as the plane has stopped at the gate? Straight to their feet! And for what reason? To stand there, hunched over the seated passenger next to you in an awkward stoop, for ten minutes?
You don’t have to be particularly well travelled to understand a basic truth: There’s a delay, yes, between the time the wheels of the plane cease to roll, and before you can physically disembark. Is the deep vein thrombosis going to overwhelm you for those final few minutes? Stay the course, retain your wits, and keep your aggressive self parked for a moment.
“Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study is a lighthearted reminder that few places require more attention to etiquette than the inside of an airplane,” explained John Morrey, vice president and general manager at Expedia.com, according to USA Today. “You’re in a tight space at thirty thousand feet with hundreds of fellow travelers, so even the small things — helping your neighbor stow a bag or switching seats to put a mom next to her child — can make a huge difference.”
As can putting on deodorant.
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