August 24, 2009
Kicking the seat in front of you, sitting behind undisciplined kids, being over-friendly with your neighbours, displaying poor hygiene and treating staff rudely – these have been revealed as the most irritating habits of airline passengers, according to several surveys by travel websites including TripAdvisor and Travelocity.
It’s perhaps no wonder that that tolerance levels can be low when we’re flying through the air at a mind-boggling 30,000 feet in a claustrophobic metal container. Some complaints are more reasonable than others, though. According to Travelocity, a staggering 97.9% of travellers loathe seatback-kickers in the row behind. No surprises there then. However, it’s shocking to learn that leaning down on the seat in front while getting up is considered an equally annoying crime by fellow flyers, as is briefly using other passengers’ headrests for support while meandering down the aisle. Given that, the chances are that each of us are just as irritating as those irksome seat-kickers.
Now, we all know that admitting to a problem is one of the first steps on the road to treatment and recovery. With that in mind, I invite readers to own up and identify which type of passenger you are. The Headrest Mangler? The Tray Molester? The Armrest Hog? You all have your place up in the sky, so don’t be shy… Camilla Colley.