Ranked: The 17 Worst Travel Annoyances On A Plane

A survey of 2,000 Americans has discovered the most annoying travel habits. PHOTO: GETTY ROYALTY FREE

What bothers you most when you’re flying? Armrest hogs? Aggressive recliners? Stinky seatmates? Genfare — a company that works with transportation companies to update and improve their systems of collecting transit fares — decided to get to the bottom of things. In a new study of 2,000 Americans who fly at least twice per year, the company identified the 17 top travel annoyances for airline passengers. The survey also looked at trains and automobiles.

“Getting from point A to point B has never been easier thanks to technology. However, we all know that the one aspect we can’t always control is the bad travel behavior of fellow passengers,” says Tara Farnsworth, director of marketing at Genfare. “We were curious to find out which of these travel annoyances tops the list not just for airline travel, but also for the traveling and commuting we do on a daily basis.”

The survey also got the definitive answers to some other travel topics that plague us. The majority of survey respondents (64%) agreed that it’s o.k. for passengers to take their shoes off, though taking your socks off isn’t as acceptable. Only 20% approved of going barefoot on a flight.

And how do people deal with an annoying passenger? According to the survey, putting on headphones topped the list, at 35%, while 27% tell the flight attendant, 25% sit quietly and only 11% confront the person.

In addition to the published study, we also got Genfare to break out how women feel about travel behavior versus men — and the results might surprise you. “Men and women have a lot in common when it comes to airline annoyances. The top airline annoyance for both is having their seat kicked, and they’re similarly annoyed by body odor and crying children,” says Farnsworth. “However, women are slightly more annoyed by inattentive parents, and having their seat pulled back or leaned on, while they’re more tolerant of snoring and drunk passengers than men.”

Read on for the list of 17 most annoying inflight travel habits, ranked in order, as well as the breakout for women and the list of annoyances for public transportation and ride-sharing services.

Getting your seat kicked ranked as the most annoying travel habit on a plane. PHOTO: GETTY ROYALTY FREE

Ranked: 17 Airplane Travel Annoyances, Overall

  1. Getting Seat Kicked – 54%
  2. Crying Baby/Child – 27%
  3. Body Odor – 26%
  4. Talkative Passenger – 23%
  5. Inattentive Parents – 21%
  6. Drunk Passenger – 18%
  7. Getting Your Seat Pulled Back or Leaned on – 17%
  8. Snoring Passenger- 15%
  9. People Rushing to Get off Plane as Soon as it Gets to the Gate – 15%
  10. Passenger Reclining Seat – 15%
  11. Putting Feet Up or Between Seats – 13%
  12. Bringing Smelly Food on Flight – 11%
  13. Man-Spreading (a.k.a sitting with legs wide apart) – 7%
  14. Passenger Removing Shoes or Socks – 6%
  15. Bright Screens on Phones or iPads During Nighttime Flights – 3%
  16. Non-Service Dogs – 2%
  17. Dressing Sloppy (ie. wearing pajamas/sweatpants on flight) – 1%

When it comes to travel, women were bothered by some different things than men. PHOTO: GETTY ROYALTY FREE

What Bothers Women: Airplane Travel Annoyances

And here’s the list of what bothered women the most, ranked in order. We also listed the percentage of men who said each habit was annoying, just for perspective:

  1. Getting Seat Kicked – 57.51% for women; 51.13% for men
  2. Body Odor – 26.28% for women; 26.40% for men
  3. Crying Baby/Child – 24.83% for women; 31.63% for men
  4. Talkative Passenger – 23.63% for women; 23.78% for men
  5. Inattentive Parents – 22.18% for women; 20.93% for men
  6. Getting Your Seat Pulled Back or Leaned on – 20.73for women; 12.49% for men
  7. Drunk Passenger – 15.70% for women; 21.76% for men
  8. People Rushing to Get off Plane as Soon as it Gets to the Gate – 15.70for women; 15.10% for men
  9. Passenger Reclining Seat – 15.36for women; 14.98% for men
  10. Putting Feet Up or Between Seats – 15.10for women; 11.18% for men
  11. Snoring Passenger – 12.63for women; 19.02% for men
  12. Bringing Smelly Food on Flight – 11.26for women; 11.89% for men
  13. Man-Spreading (a.k.a sitting with legs wide apart) – 8.53for women; 4.88% for men
  14. Passenger Removing Shoes or Socks – 7.08for women; 6.66% for men
  15. Bright Screens on Phones or iPads During Nighttime Flights – 4.01for women; 2.97% for men
  16. Non-Service Dogs – 2.30for women; 2.97% for men
  17. Dressing Sloppy (ie. wearing pajamas/sweatpants on flight) – 1.11for women; 2.26% for men

What were the most annoying habits on public transportation? PHOTO: GETTY ROYALTY FREE

Ranked: Top Public Transportation Annoyances, Overall

Public transportation (think buses, train lines, railway, etc) also has its share of annoyances. Here’s the list of the worst.

  1. Talking loudly on the phone – 54%
  2. Body Odor – 41%
  3. Playing Music Without Headphones – 29%
  4. Taking up Seat(s) with Bags – 28%
  5. Not Giving up Seat for Elderly – 22%
  6. Blocking the Exit Door(s) – 19%
  7. Talkative Passenger – 18%
  8. Facetiming Without Headphones – 18%
  9. Putting Legs or Feet up on Seat – 16%
  10. Eating Smelly Food – 15%
  11. Man-Spreading (a.k.a. sitting with legs wide apart) – 11%

The most annoying habits in ride-sharing included aggressive drivers. PHOTO: GETTY ROYALTY FREE

Ranked: Ride-Sharing Annoyances, Overall

Are you someone who takes Uber and other ride-sharing services? Genfare also looked at what bugs people in ride-sharing situations.

  1. Aggressive Driving – 44%
  2. Driver Talking on Phone – 32%
  3. Dirty/Messy Car – 31%
  4. Braking Too Hard or Accelerating Too Fast – 29%
  5. Talkative Driver – 28%
  6. Driver’s Music – 25%
  7. Driver Holding Their Phone/Not Using a Phone Dock  – 20%
  8. Driver Eating – 13%
  9. Driver Asking You to Rate Tjem Well – 12%
  10. Driver Asking for a Tip – 10%
  11. Driver Not Using GPS to Navigate – 9%
  12. Old Car/Mechanical Issues – 8%
  13. Driver Promoting Other Job or ANother Be

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