Are you guilty of these bad travel habits?

2014-01-09 10:52
While going on holiday is always a pleasure, getting there often poses a good deal of challenges – of which dealing with fellow travellers is often the greatest.  

Cheapflights.com recently conducted a survey of 1 081 travellers focusing on the good, the bad and the ugly of flying.  

They asked passengers what irked them most while travelling by plane and guess what topped the list? Seat kicking!

Close on 20% of respondents cited this as the most annoying habit displayed by fellow travellers.  

Here's the full break down on the most annoying traveller behaviors:  

- Seat kicking (19.33%)



- Loud and incessant talking (17.58%)



- Parents allowing their children to misbehave (17.11%)



- People who think it's totally okay to put their feet on the armrest/tray table/into your leg room (8.14%)



- Carry on excessive amounts/oversized luggage (6.48%)



- Passengers who recline his or her seat (6.01%)



- Yank on your seat back (5.27%)



But even when faced with these travel faux pas, most fliers tend not to let their inner Scrooge come out: More than one third will often just seethe quietly and do nothing, while another third often decide not to let these behaviors bother them at all.

In contrast, 18.57% said that they will retaliate subtly by, for example, reclining back on the seat kicker. Surprisingly, only 9.29% said they would rant about it on social media.  

However, they didn’t stop at bad experiences, but also quizzed passengers on their most ‘fortunate’ travel moments. More than 30% of respondents reported unexpected upgrades and just over a quarter said that they had scored free food and drinks.  

Some even reported life-changing events, like meeting their future spouse.  

Most common "fortunate" travel moments  

- Bumped to business or first class (31.36%)  

- Scored a free drink or meal (26.64%)  

- Got someone's phone number (7.59%)  

- Joined the "mile-high club" (3.42%)  

- Secured a new job (1.85%)  

- Met a future spouse or significant other (1.67%)  

- Landed a new client (1.67%)  

- Been inspired to invent a product/start a company (1.67%)  

So, if you’re going to be travelling by air this holiday, keep the peace with your fellow passengers by keeping your feet to yourself, your voice down and your hand luggage modest.

Now, check out our 'five types of traveller you don’t want to be' for further tips on being a pleasant adventure companion.

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