Seat-kickers, beware: Expedia.com has named you the worst
passenger to encounter during a flight for the fourth year in a row.
The OTA on Monday released its 2018 Airplane and Hotel
Etiquette Study, which found seat-kickers were respondents' least favorite
people on a flight for the fourth year in a row. In total, 51% of respondents
found them to be the worst on a ranked list, and 62% said they would notify
airline staff about the offender.
Rounding out the top five worst passengers were what Expedia
has termed "the aromatic passenger" (43%), "inattentive parents"
(39%), "personal space violators" (34%) and the "audio intensive"
Apparently, the respondents to Expedia's survey had an issue
with feet. Not only were seat-kickers deemed the worst-offending airline
passengers, but those who shed their shoes during a flight were also looked
down upon: More than 90% of respondents said it's not OK to be barefoot on a
And on a flight, silence is golden: 77% of respondents "dread
sitting next to someone who talks too much," Expedia found. Most would
rather sleep (69%) than talk to fellow passengers (28%).
When it comes to the lodging side of things, inattentive
parents top Expedia's list of the worst passengers, with 45% of respondents
identifying them as the leading offenders. At 41%, inattentive parents were
followed by "in-room revelers" and "hallway hellraisers" as
annoying guests. Complainers also made the list (29%), as did "party-goers"
and "bar boozers" at 27% each.