by Stephanie Faris
An Airplane Etiquette Study commissioned by Expedia lists the top complaints airline passengers have about their fellow passengers. Seat-kicking tops the list with 64 percent of those surveyed. (We completely agree!) Kicking is followed closely behind by inattentive parents and the “aromatic” passenger.
“As we embark on 2017, millions and millions of people will be taking to the air this year, and should know that there’s no better gift you can give to a fellow traveler than respect and generosity,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, Expedia.com.
Also in the survey, a surprising 37 percent would choose to have reclining seats banned, or at least restricted to set times on short-haul flights. As passengers push their seats back to gain that extra inch, the people behind are forced to do the same, creating a domino effect all the way to the back of the plane. Passengers can do good by literally paying it forward.
The full ranked list of onboard etiquette violators includes:
- The Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 64 percent of respondents)
- Inattentive Parents (59 percent)
- The Aromatic Passenger (55 percent)
- The Audio Insensitive (49 percent)
- The Boozer (49 percent)
- Chatty Cathy (40 percent)
- The Queue Jumper (35 percent)
- Seat-Back Guy (35 percent)
- The Armrest Hog (34 percent)
- Pungent Foodies (30 percent)
- The Undresser (28 percent)
- The Amorous (28 percent)
- The Mad Bladder (22 percent)
- The Single and Ready to Mingle (18 percent)
Survey Shows Inflight Wi-Fi Penetration Best in the U.S.
According to a Routehappy survey, airline passengers – especially those in the U.S. – have a greater likelihood of flying on a Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft flight than they did last year at this time. Worldwide the odds of flying on an aircraft with Wi-Fi is just 39 percent, which is up from 36 percent from a year ago, while U.S. airlines continue to inch closer to offering Wi-Fi on nearly every flight. On 97 percent of U.S. airlines’ available seat miles (ASM), passengers will have an 80 percent chance of “definitely” having in-flight Wi-Fi and 17 percent will have “no chance” of Wi-Fi.
The study also noted a “dramatic shift” away from basic Wi-Fi to faster systems such as Gogo’s 2Ku.
DOT Calls for More Transparency in Airline Fees
In its eleventh hour, the Obama administration issued a Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees in an effort to reduce surprise checked baggage fees The regulation would force airlines to disclose all luggage fees at the point of purchase. The rule would apply both to fees for carry-on and checked luggage. If this regulation goes through, airlines would no longer be able to provide a ticket price, only to tack on luggage fees later in the purchase process.
If you want to voice your opinion on the matter, you have until March 20th.
Interior Designer Proposes Wider Middle Seat
If you avoid the middle seat while booking flights, you aren’t alone. But an aircraft interiors design firm may have found a way to make that middle seat more desirable. Molon Labe Designs has proposed an interior design that includes airplane middle seats that are 21 inches wide, a three-inch increase over the window and aisle seat. In addition, the aisle seat slides out-of-the-way during boarding to make it easier for passengers to get around those who have stopped to stow items in overhead bins.
Fatigued After Flying? This Sensor Could Alert You
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you likely would prefer to arrive at your destination feeling energized and ready to get started. A new wearable biosensor could alert passengers when their blood oxygen levels drop below a certain range. Detecting these changes could be the first step in finding a way to prevent travel fatigue when flying at high altitudes. Oxygen deprivation during high-altitude flights has been linked to concentration difficulties, lightheadedness and aching joints, among other symptoms.
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