Lonely Planet Writer

Smelly passengers get up noses of others most!

A new survey has come up with a surprising amount of annoying plane passenger types – but it is the smelly ones who get up people’s noses the most.

A new survey found that smelly passengers on planes caused most annoyance to co-travellers
A new survey found that smelly passengers on planes caused most annoyance to co-travellers Image by Simon_sees / CC BY 2.0

In the poll of 5,000 fliers carried out by flight booking website, Just The Flight, 21 types were identified –with odorous travellers and ‘seat kickers from behind’ the least popular amongst their fellow travellers.

Passengers who drink themselves into a drunken state are also very unpopular with their fellow fliers
Passengers who drink themselves into a drunken state are also very unpopular with their fellow fliers Image by Thomas sauzedde / CC BY 2.0

In fact, the London Independent reports that almost three in every five of those questioned highlighted other fliers with offensive odours as top of their list while seat kickers and “incredulous parents” who don’t keep their children in check, came close behind in the unpopularity stakes.

Passengers who are unmannerly to cabin crew irk other passengers around them
Passengers who are unmannerly to cabin crew irk others around them Image by Austrian Airlines / CC BY 2.0

Two other categories which featured highly in the list of irritants were drunks on planes and crying children.

There was also a lot of unhappiness around the ‘space invaders’  too – people who recline their seats almost into your lap, those who wrestle your armrest into their possession and the ones who simply encroach into your seat. The more peripheral types we still hate to be near are people who play their music way too loud and those who remove their socks seeing nothing wrong with such bad manners. And passengers who are overhead locker hogs, faffers in the aisle or ‘too chatty by half’ are flying sorts that get on other passengers’ nerves.

The survey was conducted within the past three months in response to an unusual number of disorderly behaviour incidents on planes. Among the strange cases of bad manners in public, was one man who was arrested for accidentally urinating on passengers in his vicinity during a flight from Alaska to Portland.

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