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Top 18 List Of The Most-Annoying Airline Passengers: 2014


As it turns out, rear seat kicker top the list of the most-annoying airline passengers, followed by the “inattentive parents,” according to the 2nd annual Airplane Etiquette survey.

So What are the most annoying in-flight behaviors that drive most fliers nuts?

Topping the list – Rear Seat Kicker!

67% of those surveyed found them to be the absolute worst when it comes to consideration for their fellow passengers.

The Aromatic passenger ranks No. 3 on the list of worst etiquette offenders.

Interestingly, rear seat-kickers pushed last year’s top most-annoying airline passengers, the inattentive parents, into 2nd place, followed by the aromatic passenger, the audio-insensitive passenger, the boozer and the chatty Cathy.

Bellevue-based Expedia’s 2014 Airplane Etiquette Study, conducted by global research market GfK, asked 1,000 adult Americans to rank the most annoying on-board behaviors of fellow passengers.

“Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study is a lighthearted reminder that few places require more attention to etiquette than the inside of an airplane,” said John Morrey, Expedia’s vice president and general manager, in a statement.

“You’re in a tight space at 30,000 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.”

The full list of the most annoying flier types  (and percentage of those who selected each choice)

1. Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 67% of study respondents)

2. Inattentive Parents (64%)

3. The Aromatic Passenger (56%)

4. The Audio Insensitive (talking or music; 51%)

5. The Boozer (50%)

6. Chatty Cathy (43%)

7. Carry-On Baggage Offenders (39%)

8. The Armrest Hog (38%)

9. Seat-Back Guy (the seat recliner) (37%)

10. The Queue Jumper (rushes to deplane) (35%)

11. Overhead Bin Inconsiderate (stows bag in first available spot, rather than nearest to his/her seat; 32%)

12. Pungent Foodies (32%)

13. Back Seat Grabber (31%)

14. Playboy (reads or watches adult content; 30%)

15. The Amorous (inappropriate affection levels; 29%)

16. Mad Bladder (window seat passenger who makes repeat bathroom visits; 28%)

17. Undresser (removes shoes, socks or more; 26%)

18. The Seat Switcher (13%)

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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