Overall the sentiment of the survey was positive. People are prepared to make allowances for the space limitations enforced by air travel.
Overall the sentiment of the survey was positive. People are prepared to make allowances for the space limitations enforced by air travel. The Northern Star

Travellers talk flight etiquette

BARE feet are okay, talkative passengers tolerated, sex ignored, hot takeaway food banned and leg room increased.

These are among the findings of a flight etiquette survey conducted by Travelzoo Australia.

Travelzoo Australia general manager Brad Gurrie said: "We had an overwhelming response to this survey - obviously in-flight etiquette is something Australians care deeply about."

Overall the sentiment of the survey was positive. People are prepared to make allowances for the space limitations enforced by air travel.

"It was great to see how tolerant people are of other passengers.

"For example when asked what people would do if they were stuck next to a fellow passenger that wouldn't stop talking, over 40 per cent of respondents said they would smile and be polite rather than cut them off," Mr Gurrie said.

Encouragingly, most people believe flying is more enjoyable than it was a decade ago, The "freedom to escape from reality" nominated as the most pleasant aspect of the in-flight experience.

However, this tolerance does have its limits with 67.7 per cent saying screaming children are the worst aspect of modern air travel.

Topping the list of least favourable passengers to sit next to was shock jock Kyle Sandilands, with Hugh Jackman the overwhelming preference for a sky high companion.

Result highlights include the following responses:

Is it acceptable for passengers to remove their thongs and go barefoot on a flight?

  • Yes, I have no problems with other people's feet - 67.7 per cent
  • No, it's disgusting - 32.3 per cent

The passenger next to you won't stop talking. What do you do?

  • Smile and be polite - 42.3 per cent
  • Put your headphones on and tune out - 33.5 per cent
  • Pretend to fall asleep - 11.8 per cent
  • Tell the person to stop talking - 5.3 per cent

You're waiting to use the toilet and the couple in front of you enters together, presumably to join the mile high club. Do you:

  • Complain to the flight attendant and ask them to stop - 8.4 per cent
  • Wait, hoping it doesn't take too long - 10.7 per cent
  • Move to another toilet - 75.4 per cent
  • Wait for them to exit so you can express your disgust - 0.7 per cent
  • Ask if you can join them 4.9 per cent

Is it acceptable to bring hot takeaway food on flights?

  • Yes - 18.5 per cent
  • No - 81.5  per cent

Should singlets be accepted as an appropriate form of clothing on a flight?

  • Yes - 43.3 per cent
  • No - 56.7 per cent

In a row of three seats does the person in the middle have the right to use both arm rests?

  • No, first in best dressed - 55.4 per cent
  • Yes, they have the worst seat - 44.6 per cent

You are sitting in the window seat and need to go to the toilet. The passenger next to you is asleep. What do you do?

  • Climb over them - 8.2 per cent
  • Wake them up and ask to get up - 17.3 per cent
  • Try to slide past - 52.2 per cent
  • Hold it in until they wake up - 22.3 per cent

Is it acceptable to breast feed in-flight?

  • Yes - 94.1 per cent
  • No - 5.9 per cent

What do you enjoy most about flying?

  • Freedom to escape from reality - 71.0 per cent
  • Chance to catch up on the latest movies - 20.1 per cent
  • Catch up on sleep - 8.9 per cent

Do you think flying is more enjoyable than it was 10 years ago?

  • Yes - 48.1 per cent
  • No - 27.1 per cent
  • Same - 24.8 per cent

What would make economy air travel more comfortable?

  • More leg room - 55.4 per cent
  • Wider seats - 26.7 per cent
  • Open snacks and drinks bar - 9.6 per cent
  • Seat dividers - 7.0 per cent

Who would you least like to sit next to on a long-haul international flight?

  • Kyle Sandliands - 55.4 per cent
  • Max Markson - 13.4 per cent
  • Julia Gillard - 21.8 per cent
  • Tony Abbott - 17.9 per cent
  • Your mother-in-law - 10.2 per cent

Who would you most like to sit next to on a long-haul international flight?

  • Shane Warne - 5.1 per cent
  • Liz Hurley - 9.0 per cent
  • Hugh Jackman - 62.9 per cent
  • Miranda Kerr - 22.9 per cent

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