Most annoying in-flight behaviours revealed

(Natali Glado/

(Natali Glado/


, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

The most annoying pet peeve among flyers, the thing that beats unruly children and "loud talkers," is the kicking of seatbacks.

That's according to a newly released survey by, which polled 1,081 Americans on travel etiquette.

As airports get ready to enter one of their busiest seasons, the latest survey serves as a gentle reminder on how to behave correctly to make the in-flight experience more enjoyable -- or less stressful at the least -- for everyone.

At 20%, the kicking of seatbacks topped the survey's most annoying traveller behavior, followed by incessant or loud talking (18%) and misbehaving children (17%).

'Space invaders,' those who put their feet on the armrest, seatbacks or in their neighbor's leg space, were also deemed annoying for 8% of respondents.

And while the most common reaction among respondents is to seethe quietly and do nothing (35%), another 30% said they're likely to confront the passenger, while 19% said they're likely to perform retaliatory tactics like reclining their seat back into the kicker.

Interestingly, 10% said they take their beef online and blow off steam by ranting on social media.

The survey also revealed that a lucky minority of flyers have experienced life-changing or 'fortunate' events in-flight: about 3% of respondents said they joined the mile-high club and 2% said they've either found a job or a spouse.