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Air travel can be a quick, convenient way to travel compared to spending hours in a car, on a bus or on a train, but there can be very annoying aspects of air travel as well. There are five things that irk passengers in particular when it comes to riding in a plane.
TripAdvisor conducted its first Australian survey on air travel and asked travelers about some of their flying pet peeves.
The number one pet peeve on planes was people who rudely recline their seats. It can be frustrating having limited leg room and even more irritating when there is less room when the person in front decides to get comfy. It can also be annoying when the open seat tray slams into your body because the person in front decided it's time for an after-snack nap. This issue has actually led to fist fights on planes.
The second most annoying behavior on a plane is parents who don't control their children and annoying kids who constantly kick the seat in front of them. Some are so against kids flying, that they would pay extra to fly on a kid-free flight. Some airlines have taken this advice and have actually created "quiet zones" on planes where children are banned. They include AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines.
The other top pet peeves include sneezing or coughing without covering your mouth, blocking the aisle of the plane and taking way too long to put away bags in the overhead storage bin.
The survey also asked travelers about their seat preference. They were asked if the window or the aisle seat was better. If travelers had the choice, 57 percent would choose the aisle seat and 43 percent would choose the window seat. Not surprisingly, less than one percent would pick the middle seat.
Travelers were also asked about their complaints about air travel in general. They mentioned things like uncomfortable seats, being seated next to loud passengers or children, unpredictable flight delays, the inconvenience of multiple airport security measures, and expensive airfares.
While air travel is a convenient way to fly, a third of respondent said that they don't think air travel has improved over the last five years.