Airplane Etiquette: The ‘Most Offensive’ Behaviors
In 2022, U.S. airlines transported 853 million passengers, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation. Given the rising interest in travel, it’s anticipated that these figures will likely see an increase this year. However, despite the excitement of journeying to new destinations, the actual experience of being on an airplane can sometimes be less pleasant.
Recently, USA Today compiled a list of behaviors observed on airplanes that are often deemed inconsiderate. They collaborated with Skyscanner, a travel planning company, which conducted a survey from September 27 to October 2. This survey involved 2,000 American adults who had taken a leisure trip within the past three years, seeking their opinions on which airplane etiquette rules are considered the most offensive.
A decline in proper flying etiquette.
With several recent news stories highlighting incidents during flights, it is not surprising that there appears to be a decline in proper flying etiquette among some passengers. One incident includes a viral video of a passenger expressing frustration with a crying baby. Another incident is a social media uproar following a tweet by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass. He recounts a flight attendant’s request for his wife to clean up their children’s mess on an airplane.
Whether you find yourself on the receiving end of inconsiderate passenger behavior or you’re the person inadvertently engaging in such behavior, here is what USA Today has deemed as the most offensive airplane behaviors.
According to the survey, approximately 31% of those polled consider seat switching to be an offensive behavior. They noted that this issue became a subject of discussion after a viral TikTok video. It featured a woman who had chosen a window seat due to motion sickness and declined to exchange seats with a mother who wanted to sit next to her children.
Another behavior on the list that many American travelers find inconsiderate is the use of both armrests. This applies to passengers in the middle seat as well, as indicated by almost one-third of the respondents.
At the top of the list of behaviors considered offensive is personal grooming, which includes activities such as painting nails, clipping nails, and trimming beards.
Check out the full list of what was deemed as the most offensive airplane behaviors here.