These Are the Most Annoying Passengers on Your Flight

You know, the ones who kick the back of your seat. 

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With Thanksgiving less than one month away, our excitement for the holidays is growing by the minute. But one thing that's sure to dampen holiday cheer? The travel frustrations that inevitably arise—including dealing with irritating co-passengers.

According to Expedia’s new 2015 Airplane Etiquette study, Americans find “Rear Seat Kickers” to be the most aggravating passengers. The study, which was conducted by an independent global market research company GfK, asked 1,019 Americans to rank the most frustrating behaviors exhibited by the hundreds of millions of Americans who fly each year. Below, the full list of behaviors that irritate people in-flight:

  1. Rear Seat Kicker: 61%
  2. Inattentive Parents: 59%
  3. The Aromatic Passenger: 50%
  4. The Audio Insensitive (talking or music): 50%
  5. The Boozer: 45%
  6. Chatty Cathy: 43%
  7. Carry-On Baggage Offenders: 38%
  8. The Queue Jumper (rushes to deplane): 35%
  9. Seat-Back Guy (the seat recliner): 32%
  10. Overhead Bin Inconsiderate (stows bag in first available spot, rather than nearest to his/her seat): 32%
  11. Pungent Foodies: 30%
  12. Back Seat Grabber: 27%
  13. The Amorous (inappropriate affection levels): 26%
  14. Undresser (removes shoes, socks or more): 26%
  15. Mad Bladder (window seat passenger who makes repeat bathroom visits): 24%
  16. The Single and Ready to Mingle: 13%
  17. The Seat Switcher: 13%

The survey also polled Americans about in-flight conversation and noise, with three-quarters of respondents saying they prefer to keep to themselves. In fact, 37 percent of Americans say they would pay extra to be seated in a "quiet zone" if it was offered by the airline, and 66 percent say they "dread" being seated next to chatty fliers.

Reclining seats are also a point of contention. While 32 percent of Americans say they would prefer to have them banned (or at least restricted to certain points in the flight), only 31 percent say they don't recline their own seats. And people choose to lay back for more than just comfort. Twenty-six percent say they would recline their seat to make a point to an aggressive passenger seated behind them.

But despite the long list of etiquette violations, three-quarters of Americans say that "for the most part, fellow passengers are considerate," and more than half consider air travel "fun and exciting." And if you are seated next to an airplane offender, we have solutions that can help you survive the flight.

“Planes continue to fly full, never more so than during this season, when millions of Americans will fly to be with their families for the holidays,” John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia.com, said in a statement. “Inside a packed plane at 30,000 feet, both good behavior and bad behavior are amplified. Respecting our fellow passengers is a small but important gift we can all give each other.”