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Top Pet Peeves of Airline Travelers

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Airline travel requires a certain amount of patience and grace. You are trapped with 100 or more strangers on the plane for an extended period of time, and everyone needs to work together to make the experience pleasant (or at least not a nightmare). Naturally, when not everyone on board acknowledges this shared responsibility, other passengers are going to get cranky. To that end, has posted a new survey on the biggest pet peeves of airline travelers.

The top five complaints are:

  1. Inattentive Parents
  2. The Rear-Seat Kicker
  3. The Aromatic Passenger
  4. The Boozer
  5. Chatty Cathy

If a child is crying, I don’t get particularly annoyed with the child or the parent. Things happen. I’ve had flights where I have honestly thought about crying, too. So, I’d let the parents off the hook on that one. However, if their child is repeatedly guilty of being the “seat kicker” mentioned as the #2 pet peeve—then I’m going to be annoyed that they aren’t paying attention and stopping that action as soon as it starts.

Also, I’m largely going to let “the Boozer” pass. Unlike the people mentioned in the video, I’m fine with someone who wants to unwind and relax with some tiny bottles of alcohol. Again, flying can be stressful. However, if the person gets wasted and hands-y then I’m going to take issue with the alcohol and “the Boozer” behind the ordering.

There is one category that I was surprised to find missing from this list-- the seat pusher. When you are sitting in coach, there just isn’t much legroom. I know there are airlines that present themselves as having more legroom than others, but in reality most coach flights are tight. When the person in front of me moves their seat back all the way to the resting position, I get very annoyed. I understand wanting to sleep, but I don’t want to see the top of your head in my lap for any reason. If I can’t get out of my aisle seat in order to use the restroom because you’ve taken residence in your aisle and mine, I’m going to think unkind things about you. That’s just the way it goes.

How about you guys? Do you have any pet peeves that didn’t make Expedia’s top five?


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