Americans and Kids Among Most Annoying Passengers

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Annoying Passengers

If you’re not used to traveling frequently, you may think that flying is an arduous and tiring task. If you travel often enough, you realize that there’ll alway be that instance when things would go wrong.

You cannot always control who sits next to you on a plane. Jetcost conducted a survey about the types of annoying passengers travelers encounter on flights.

Survey Findings

Jetcost is a French travel search website. It’s a metasearch website that enables customers to shop and compare prices across different platforms. Jetcost conducted a survey of 2,300 French residents. Out of the 2,300 people surveyed, they opined that 77% of respondents had experienced a co-passenger who was specifically bothersome while in flight. Travel Pulse reported some of the results of the survey:

Here’s a breakdown of the findings:

  • 61% said that medium haul flights have the most irritating co-passengers on board
  • 35% said that they just ignore an annoying co-passenger
  • 28% said that they complain to the cabin crew

Common Personality Traits

The survey also studied the profile of an annoying co-passenger. This hinted at factors that cause a passenger to be particularly annoying to others.

  • 25% said that intoxicated co-passengers were the most annoying
  • 25% said that aggravating voices or accents irked them the most about a co-passenger
  • 24% said that overly loud co-passengers were what annoyed them the most
  • 19% said that they considered children to be the most annoying co-passengers

Country-wise Breakdown

Respondents also outlined which countries’ co-passengers they found the most annoying. Here’s how the data showed up:

  • Americans topped the list at 46%
  • Germans came in second at 35%
  • South Africa at 32%, followed by England at 29% and Australia at 27%

The Pundit’s Mantra

I tried to dig up the survey methodology by Jetcost but was unable to gain access to it. With surveys like these, it’s always prudent to check the methodology and tactics, right from survey methods, sample size selection and reporting mechanisms.

As unfortunate as it may be, stereotypes still exist globally. Given the amount I travel, I’ve run into unruly passengers of different nationalities. However, I do agree with some of the common behavioral traits that the survey outlines.

First time travelers often indulge in some of the discourteous behavior outlined in the survey. Well, even the first timers have to start somewhere. So you cannot place the blame on them entirely. However, I find the oft entitled and unruly behavior of the so-called civilized business travelers to be particularly irksome.

I’m also surprised that other factors like armrest sharing and legroom didn’t show up in the survey.

What’s your take on these survey findings? Let us know in the comments section.

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  1. KK says

    Such a biased survey. It completely left out Asian travellers. Before you call me a racist, you need to know I’m of Chinese descent and raised in SEAsia. Without living through the Japanese occupation and the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese diaspora cling on to old world traditinos and are more Chinese than the current population in modern China.

    In my travels, the most annoying passengers come in the form of drunk Chinese men who stink like an ashtray. They foul up the entire cabin, try to light up during flight, will not sit still even for a short haul flight and will not remain buckled immediately upon wheels down. When they get drunk, they revert to native dialect and get louder when nobody understands them. The second group comes from Indian vegetarians who fuss over meal service esp on a short haul flight. Because of their high bean diet, they become more flatulent upon reaching cruising altitude.

    • Just Here says

      How do you know they ‘left’ them out? Different countries have different tourists the locals dislike, due to the different flight prices and reasons for travelling. I’m personally surprised the Russians or Arabs didn’t make the list, as they don’t have the best reputation in France also.

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