Inattentive parents have emerged as the scourge of flyers in the latest survey on in-flight etiquette.
In an Expedia poll of 1,000 American adults, negligent parents who let their children run in the aisles and throw wild tantrums outranked seatback kickers, bad body odor, drunks and 'Chatty Cathy' types as the most annoying type of passenger.
It's a pet peeve noted by a growing number of airlines which offer 'quiet zones' i.e., child-free cabins.
This summer, Singapore Air's budget brand Scoot for instance, launched their 'ScootinSilence' cabin that bans kids under the age of 12.
AirAsia X also has a quiet zone reserved for flyers over the age of 12.
Nearly half or 49% of American flyers in the Expedia survey also said they would be willing to pay extra for such services. That figure spikes to 59% among respondents aged 34 and under.
"Planes are flying full, and the holiday season is traditionally hectic, so in-flight etiquette is at a premium," said John Morrey, vice president and general manager.
Are you the type of passenger who likes to strike up conversation with your seatmates? Do you go beyond the niceties and use the opportunity of fixed seating plans to expound on your philosophies of climate change, alien life forms or Miley Cyrus?
You are dreaded by nearly three-quarters (73%) of flyers.
Despite this, 34% of Americans reported that they often use flights as "an opportunity to and meet new people."
The Expedia survey follows on the heels of a similar study by Cheapflights.com released last month which found that the kicking of seatbacks was the most annoying in-flight behaviour.
Next time you board a flight, keep in mind that the following emerged as the most annoying or offensive in-flight behaviours, according to respondents in the Expedia poll. See the full list and cast your vote for what you think the most annoying in-flight behaviour is below: