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In-flight peeves and con­ver­sa­tion starters: this is what 2 000 US trav­ellers say about trav­el­ling by aero­plane

Sunday Tribune - - TRA VEL - CLIN­TON MOOD­LEY

IF YOU are a tad bit ap­pre­hen­sive about fly­ing, it is best you stop read­ing this now.

Around 2000 US trav­ellers re­cently re­vealed de­tails about their air travel ex­pe­ri­ences via a sur­vey con­ducted by Gen­fare, a com­pany that deals with trans­porta­tion sys­tems.

The sur­vey asked pas­sen­gers about their fly­ing an­noy­ances, sleep ex­pe­ri­ence and the mile high club.

The results were quite dis­turb­ing and def­i­nitely some­thing no flyer would want to en­dure.

Here is the break­down:

Get­ting their seat kicked: 54% of the par­tic­i­pants did not like hav­ing their seat kicked, es­pe­cially when they were asleep.

Cry­ing baby/child: 27% of trav­ellers were not impressed by a cry­ing baby or a child on board. Poor par­ents!

Body Odour: Sit­ting next to some­one with body odour can be a turn-off, and 27% of the par­tic­i­pants agreed.

Talk­a­tive pas­sen­ger: 23% of trav­ellers wished their fel­low pas­sen­gers kept their mouth shut.

Inat­ten­tive par­ents: First a cry­ing baby, now an inat­ten­tive par­ent? Some­one call the air host­ess. Around 21% did not do well with inat­ten­tive par­ents.

Drunk pas­sen­ger: 18% of trav­ellers were not amused by drunk pas­sen­gers on­board the plane. Seat pulled back or leaned on: There is noth­ing more un­com­fort­able than hav­ing a seat pulled back or a per­son lean on yours. It seems like 17% of trav­ellers agree.

Snor­ing: With long-haul flights, the last thing 15% of pas­sen­gers wanted was a snorer on board.

Rush­ing to get off the plane: Pas­sen­gers who rush off when the plane landed have irked 15% of trav­ellers.

Re­clin­ing seats: An­other 15% were not happy with re­clin­ing seats, prob­a­bly be­cause it of­ten cuts the leg room of econ­omy pas­sen­gers.

Other no­table men­tions in­clude smelly food (11%), pas­sen­gers re­mov­ing shoes or socks (6%) and bright screens on phones (3%).

Con­ver­sa­tion starters, and en­ders: Around 33% viewed fly­ing as a way to meet some­one new, while 57% did not like speak­ing with a seat­mate.

If you struggle with talk­a­tive pas­sen­gers, here’s how to end the con­ver­sa­tion:

The ma­jor­ity of the pas­sen­gers put on head­phones (37%), read a book (24%) or looked at their phone (13%).

Oth­ers told their seat­mate they were tired and wanted to sleep (12%); some sim­ply went to the re­stroom (8%). About 3% choose to ig­nore their fel­low pas­sen­ger. The Mile High Club: The sur­vey re­vealed that 23% had seen some­one be in­ti­mate in a flight, while 12% ad­mit­ted hav­ing had in­ti­mate re­la­tions on a plane.

Legroom: The de­bate of whether a pas­sen­ger should slip off his/her shoes, or socks, have be­come an age-old de­bate. It seems that 64% be­lieved it was okay to take shoes off on a flight, while 20% was okay with taking off their socks.

Sleep: Only 3 to 4% were able to sleep, while 34% needed a sleep­ing pill to fall asleep. Par­tic­i­pants re­vealed that 30% of peo­ple snored on a flight and 68% put on head­phones to drown out a snor­ing pas­sen­ger.

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