Airplane Etiquette: Please Stop Kicking My Seat

With the summer travel season underway, it’s likely you’re going to sit near a passenger who plays music too loudly or kicks your seat or refuses to shift a bag in an overhead bin to make room for yours.

How would you respond? Results to a recent Travel Leaders Group survey of 800 people, reported recently in the New York Times, revealed that most people aren’t willing to put up with rude behavior on a plane. Maybe it’s the close quarters. Maybe it’s the fact that they’ve already had to put up with the brusque idiosyncrasies du jour of the security line (no liquids or are liquids OK today? Shoes on or off? Kids’ shoes on or off?).

In any case, travelers are fed up: “Confronted with the perennial question of whether to tell the person whose headphones are so loud that everyone can hear the dialogue of his in-flight entertainment, nearly three-quarters of respondents said that they would ask him to turn it down or solicit a flight attendant to,” the Times reported. “And if a child is kicking your seat? More than 6 of 10 would say something directly to the child or to the parent.”

For tips on how to respond to similar situations, see our recent post on Airplane Etiquette.

What about you? Would you grin and bear it, or complain?

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