Traveling can be a real pain in the ass, we all know that. From flight delays, to overcrowded airports, to crying babies on flights, to sitting next to the sick and coughing person to, well, you get the point. With all the headaches that traveling can bring, things can be so much worse when you’ve got a couple jackasses on your flight who makes the entire experience a problem for everyone else.
Over the years, we’ve seen people get booted from planes for arguing with flight attendants about the most ascinine things — like refusing to turn their phone off. We’ve also probably been on flights when someone had a few tiny bottles of Jack Daniels and decided to treat the plane like his or her personal party, full of screaming and cussing and general annoyance. Those all are pretty awful, but are they the worst examples of poor traveling etiquette? Not quite.
Asking 2,854 travelers about their attitudes from a number of different scenarios or dilemmas they might encounter during a trip, here are some of the results of the survey, showing which types of traveling etiquette are deemed to be the absolute worst.
- Although 57 percent wouldn’t occupy a seat reserved for the disabled, 25 percent would “if there wasn’t a disabled traveler in the area.”
- 57 percent of respondents would take no action if someone cuts ahead of them in the flight-boarding line; 35 percent would confront the line-cutter.
- On a cruise ship, 60 percent wouldn’t take action if someone cut in the buffet line ahead of them, while 25 percent would speak up.
- To accommodate a couple or family wishing to sit together on a flight, 45 percent would move to another seat, regardless of where it was located; 35 percent would, but only if the new seat wasn’t a middle seat; and 11 percent would move only if the new seat was on the aisle. Only 1 percent wouldn’t move for any reason.
- Witnessing a passenger mistreating a crew member, 60 percent would call another flight attendant to handle the matter; 21 percent would confront the abusive passenger directly; 14 percent would record the incident on a smartphone.
That last part’s pretty funny to me, as 14 percent of travelers would actually think to record an incident between a passenger and a crew member rather than speak up. Deep down, we’re all just teenagers who can’t get enough of social media.
Overall, of the 2,854 travelers surveyed, most claimed they would exercise restraint, patience and generosity during a disruptive situation. However, let’s be honest here, in the heat of the moment, some people may cause a problem to escalate by lashing out at another person because of the anxiousness that traveling can cause. But, hey, it’s nice to know that, on paper, people will do the right thing and try to resolve the situation rather than be a real d*ck and make things worse for everyone else. Humanity is not yet dead, guys.