Americans ranked the "Inattentive Parent" as the most
annoying type of fellow air traveller, defeating the "Rear
Seat Kicker," "The Aromatic Passenger" and "The Boozer,"
according to a list by online travel agent Expedia.com.
The list, compiled by consulting firm Northstar, ranked the
personal annoyances of 1001 Americans who had flown on an
airplane in the past five years.
"Most of us, when we look at the list of offending behaviors,
can admit to having committed one or more of the violations,"
John Morrey, vice president and general manager of
Expedia.com, said in a press release.
Of the respondents, 63 percent said they "often feel annoyed"
by parents traveling with noisy children, with 59 percent of
those under 35 saying they would pay extra to sit in
designated quiet zones if airlines offered them.
Kids' crying is not the only sound passengers find obnoxious.
When asked how they feel about sitting next to talkative
passengers, 73 percent said they were filled with "dread."
However, what pilots and attendants used to joke was an
exclusive "Mile High Club" may have more members than
previously thought. Ten percent of passengers said they have
"been intimate" in-flight.