Most annoying type of airline passenger is …

WASHINGTON — Rear seat kickers may get kicked to the curb after a survey found it was the most annoying type of airline passenger.

The second annual “Airplane Etiquette Study,” released Tuesday, found that 67 percent of the 1,000 respondents said seat kickers were the most annoying type of passenger on a plane. It narrowly topped the 64 percent that said inattentive parents were the worst.

Hold your nose, because the “aromatic passenger” rounded out the top three with 56 percent of the vote.

The survey, commissioned by Expedia and conducted by market research company Gfk, asked 1,000 Americans to rank the most annoying on-board behaviors.

“Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study is a lighthearted reminder that few places require more attention to etiquette than the inside of an airplane,” John Morrey, vice president and general manager at, says in a statement.

“You’re in a tight space at thirty thousand feet with hundreds of fellow travelers, so even the small things — helping your neighbor stow a bag or switching seats to put a mom next to her child — can make a huge difference.”

This year was the seat kickers’ first time at the top. The 2013 inaugural Airplane Etiquette Survey put inattentive parents at No. 1.

Below is the full ranking of most annoying flier types and the percentage of respondents who ranked it as the most annoying habit:

  1. Rear Seat Kicker (67 percent)
  2. Inattentive Parents (64 percent)
  3. The Aromatic Passenger (56 percent)
  4. The Audio Insensitive (talking or music; 51 percent)
  5. The Boozer (50 percent)
  6. Chatty Cathy (43 percent)
  7. Carry-On Baggage Offenders (39 percent)
  8. The Armrest Hog (38 percent)
  9. Seat-Back Guy (the seat recliner) (37 percent)
  10. The Queue Jumper (rushes to deplane) (35 percent)
  11. Overhead Bin Inconsiderate (stows bag in first available spot, rather than nearest to his seat; 32 percent)
  12. Pungent Foodies (32 percent)
  13. Back Seat Grabber (31 percent)
  14. Playboy (reads or watches adult content; 30 percent)
  15. The Amorous (inappropriate affection levels; 29 percent)
  16. Mad Bladder (window seat passenger who makes repeat bathroom visits; 28 percent)
  17. Undresser (removes shoes, socks or more; 26 percent)
  18. The Seat Switcher (13 percent)

View an infographic about the survey and how to survive the annoying fellow passengers:

Expedia (Courtesy Expedia)

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