(KRON) — We’ve all been there: stuck on a long flight and forced to deal with the quirks of your new neighbors for hours on end. But what are the most annoying things that people do on a flight? The Vacationer conducted a new survey to find out.
The most annoying behaviors on a plane came to a tie between kicking the back of your seat (59.11%) and being drunk and disruptive (59.11%). The next most annoying thing on planes according to those surveyed is bad smells from poor hygiene or too much perfume (48%). Next up comes parents who aren’t attentive to the needs of their children (46.81%). Rounding out the top five are the people who eat pungent foods while on a plane (40%).
Men are less tolerant of rule breakers on planes than women. About one third of men stated that they are annoyed when a passenger boards or deplanes out of turn, comparatively higher than the 26.25% of women who said this bothered them. Women however, are more likely to be annoyed if a fellow passenger is too chatty or flirty.
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The most impressive part of the survey? The patience of some American adults; almost twelve percent of those surveyed stated that none of the onboard flight behaviors on the list annoyed them. The youngest generation of adults who were surveyed, those aged 18-19-years old, are the least likely to be annoyed by the listed behaviors. Only 14% of those young adults stated that none of the behaviors would bother them.
Most annoying flying behaviors:
- Kicking the Back of Your Seat — 59.11%
- Drunk and Disruptive — 59.11%
- Smells from Poor Hygiene or Too Much Cologne/Perfume — 48.00%
- Inattentive Parents / Poor Parenting — 46.81%
- Eating Pungent or Foul-Smelling Foods — 39.80%
- Hogs the Armrests — 39.07%
- Reclines Seat Fully in Front of You — 38.25%
- Talks to You Too Much — 29.87%
- Boards or Deplanes Out of Turn — 29.60%
- Listens to Music or Movies Too Loudly — 28.96%
- Takes off Shoes — 23.59%
- Flirting with You, Passengers, or Flight Attendants — 21.89%
- Gets Up to Use Restroom or Stretch Too Much — 19.95%
- Uses Overhead Bin Space Many Rows in Front of Seat — 18.12%
- Overly Affectionate Couples — 14.12%
- Requests Too Much from Flight Attendants — 13.02%
- None of These — 11.57%
The survey was conducted anonymously and included 1,098 Americans over the age of 18 on Aug. 6. Forty-seven percent of survey respondents identified as male, and 52.73% identified as female. For more details on methodology, please visit the survey website.