Top 7 Most Annoying Etiquette Breakers People Do on Flights
When we travel by air there are multiple challenges we have to face. It begins before you even get to the airport or get on the airplane. The frustration of booking the flight, and making sure your “$200 round trip” doesn’t turn into $482. There are baggage fees, insurance fees, fees for fees, and everything else that makes that final price tag soar.
This happened to me the last time I tried to book our last vacation. The flights started out really cheap but ended up not cheap at all. You’re so exhausted from navigating the website you just pay it because you don’t want to go through that again.
Then once you get on the plane you have to deal with the legroom issue among other airplane complexities and inconveniences.
Even after all that, you’re left to tolerate your fellow passengers. These are travelers who disregard the simple rules of etiquette because, it seems, they don’t apply at 30,000 feet. Interestingly, people’s feet play a part in the frustration.
A survey by Skyscanner, an online travel engine, unveiled the top seven behaviors that most irk passengers, as reported by Ozarks First.
Not the number one annoyance, but still a big pet peeve for many, is asking someone to switch seats. Almost one-third of respondents frowned upon this request. I’ve never needed to ask someone to do this, but I don’t have a problem with someone asking. This is especially true if there is a family who is trying to stay together during the flight.
Then there’s the “using both armrests guy” at six, and the “reclining seats lady at five.” I’m not sure why people have a problem with the person in front of them reclining. Why have a reclining seat if you’re not able to use it, which I don’t.
I may be guilty of number four. Taking off my shoes (but not my socks) during a flight is something I like to do if I’m going to be napping. It used to be something I did sometimes, but now I’ll just wear more comfortable shoes to avoid the possibility of breaking an unwritten rule.
Next up, a seatmate who talks too much. 39% of passengers cringe when they sit next to someone who does a monologue throughout the flight.
Taking second place, and irritating 40% of those surveyed, was the use of speakerphones for phone calls or video chats. Really?!
But the top spot went to personal grooming, as 42% found this to be the most offensive. This includes painting nails, clipping nails, and other in-flight grooming. If it’s not something you should be doing in public, why would you think it’s okay to do it in the confined space of an airplane?
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