The biggest problems people face when traveling by plane have been revealed, with passengers drinking excessively topping the list.
It was produced by a survey of 2,000 UK travelers, with excessive alcohol consumption on flights considered the number one faux pas by 48% of respondents.
In second place is shortening the queue (43 percent), followed by reclining your seat while food and drinks are served (third, 43 percent) and reclining your seat at any time during the flight (fourth, 40 percent).
The rest of the top 10 list, compiled by a OnePoll study commissioned by Skyscanner, includes using gadgets without headphones (fifth, 35%); get up as soon as the plane lands (sixth, 33 percent); leaving bags on the seat to feel comfortable when trying to sit down (seventh, 31 percent); double-arm hogs (eighth, 31 percent); draping hair over the back of the seat (ninth, 28 percent); and occupying multiple seats in the departure lounge (10th, 28 percent).
Failing to separate liquids before security and causing a robbery (11th, 27 percent) and taking off your shoes or socks on the plane (13th, 22 percent) were also reported as no-no’s.
Reclining your seat at any time during a flight is considered a no-no by more than a third of people, according to a Skyscanner poll that compiled a list of the top 15 airplane faux pas.
Draping your hair over the seat back is considered the ninth worst airplane faux pas
Others are fed up with those who line up at the gate well before boarding begins, applaud when the plane lands, or stand right next to where the luggage arrives on the carousel .
When it comes to proper behavior when traveling by plane, 74% of respondents think you should ask the person behind if they mind if you recline your seat before pressing the button.
And 81 percent would support a rule prohibiting passengers from reclining their seats while food and drinks are being served.
More than two-thirds (69%) would like the plane to be disembarked row by row, starting closest to the doors, to stop people rushing to the exits.
As part of the survey, participants were asked if they themselves were guilty of annoying behaviors, and 12 percent admitted that they were.
A quarter of them took off their shoes and socks on the plane, while 19 percent had their belongings held up at security after forgetting to remove certain items.
And 17 percent get up as soon as the plane lands to try to take off as quickly as possible.
Gen Z considers themselves most likely to be guilty of unwanted behavior on a plane (22%), followed by millennials (18%), Gen X (12%) and baby boomers (7%).
THE TOP 15 TRAVEL FALSE PAS
1. Drinking too much alcohol during the flight (48%)
2. Skip the line (43 percent)
3. Recline your seat while food and drinks are served (43%)
4. Recline your backrest at any time during the flight (40%)
5. Use gadgets without headphones (35%)
6. Get up as soon as the plane lands (33%)
7. Leaving your bags on the seat so you feel comfortable when trying to sit down (31%)
8. Double-arm monopolizers (31%)
9. Drape hair over the seat back (28%)
10. Take multiple seats in the departure lounge (28%)
11. Failing to separate liquids before safety and causing a robbery (27%)
12. Not having a passport or boarding pass on hand and delaying in line (24 percent)
13. Taking off your shoes or socks on the plane (22 percent)
14. Block escalators and travelers so you can’t walk past them (22%)
15. Overpack and wait in line while they sort their bags (21%)
More than two-thirds (69%) would like planes to be disembarked row by row, starting closest to the gates.
As part of the study carried out on the occasion of the launch of the new Skyscanner service Travel Tips Centertravel trends expert Laura Lindsay offered tips for avoiding some of the most common faux pas when flying.
Do you want to avoid holding your traveling companions at security? Then collect full-size toiletries inside the airport.
Laura says: “Collecting your toiletries after security allows you to save space and weight in your checked baggage. Better yet, you can save time by using airport pharmacies like Boots, which offer a “click & collect” service. This is available at some UK airports, including in stores after security, meaning you don’t pay airport prices. This also ensures that you can plan ahead, avoiding a stressful run to the store looking for your favorite shampoo. It’s also convenient for heavy, non-liquid items, like infant formula, as they don’t count toward your baggage allowance.
Are you delaying the queue because you don’t have your passport or boarding pass handy?
Laura says: “Some countries have programs that make it easier to get through border controls. Some examples are Global Entry (US) and DigiYatra (India). These usually involve pre-approval and entry clearance, so you can spend less time in the office. There are also generally faster lines for passengers enrolled in these programs.
Failing to separate liquids before security and causing a robbery (11th on the list) and taking off your shoes or socks on the plane (13th) were reported as no-no’s by many survey respondents.