It can be a stressful time. After the rigours of security, the hassle with cases, fractious children, irascible partners – a day of travel has its obstacles.
When you slump down in your plane seat it begins to feel like a triumph. But then you start to eye up your neighbours and see what kind of trouble they’re going to be.
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London City Airport surveyed passengers to find out the 10 worst habits of plane strangers.
People who recline their seat came out on top, with 63% of respondents naming it among the worst habits. Personal space is clearly important to us, as armrest hoggers were in second place, while people putting their feet through gaps between seats came in at number eight.
Here is the full top 10:
- Reclining their seat so far back they are practically in your lap
- Planting their elbows firmly on the arm rests to leave no room for you
- Being rude to cabin crew – a thank you costs nothing
- Carrying hand luggage that is clearly too big so some poor person has to put theirs in the hold
- Talking loudly to their travel companions so you can’t hear yourself think
- Forgetting their manners when getting off the plane, they don’t care as long as they’re first in the passport queue
- Constantly getting up to retrieve items from the overhead lockers
- Putting their feet in the gaps between seats so they poke you in the shoulder
- Swearing without a care for who is in earshot
- Hogging the window and blocking your view
A spokesperson for London City Airport said: “On an aeroplane we get closer to strangers than we would in most settings, so it’s no wonder little things can irritate us. Be considerate of your fellow passengers – you wouldn’t lean against a stranger on a park bench while you ate your lunch, so think about how much space you really need before reclining your seat.
“If you’re on the receiving end, try deep breathing and remind yourself it’s just a short trip before you can get off the plane. And if you can’t beat ‘em, join in the conversation, you could end up making a new friend.”