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The most annoying types of airline passengers

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A recent survey ranked the types of passengers you don't want to sit next to on an airplane. A recent survey ranked the types of passengers you don't want to sit next to on an airplane.
SPOKANE, Wash. - According to the second annual "Airplane Etiquette Study" commissioned by Expedia, people flying on airplanes don't like it when the people behind them kick their seat, smell, or let their kids run wild. In other obvious news, one packet of peanuts is simply not enough to help me overlook these hardships of flying.

Flying obviously isn't the greatest thing for most of us. I imagine it's not as big of a bother for those who can afford to flying privately or at least in first class, like I picture Jay-Z, Bill Gates, and 1980's superstar Corey Feldman flying. For the rest of not living off of Lost Boys and License to Drive money, we have to sit in coach. And it can be less than pleasant.

But if you were asked, what would be your biggest annoyance? Who is the "one guy" you wouldn't want to sit next to? Expedia hired market research company Gfk to find out and they asked 1,000 Americans to rank to most annoying on-board behaviors of fellow passengers.

For myself, it's the smelly person (which I will admit I have been at least once in my life and I felt bad for the entire flight. Not sure how it happened, well... I take that back. Staying at a hostel for a week in San Francisco while spending your days waiting in line for 10 hours to see The Black Crowes five nights in a row will make even the most hygienic man reek.). I'm sorry. I admit it. Just the once though. And I tried to limit my movements to avoid any wafting. Everything else I this list I can plead innocence to. Partially. Mostly. 

Let's be honest, we've all been one of these passengers at lease once in our traveling careers. Here are who people say annoy them the most on airplanes:

1.) The Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 67% of respondents). I've never experienced this in a capacity of more than an inadvertent bump or two. Never has anyone, I'm assuming children are the most frequent offenders, intentionally just kicked the back of my seat repeatedly. Though I've always dreamed of it. I carry a pencil with me whenever I fly just in case this happens so I can recreate the scene from Kindergarten Cop where some kid thought it was a good idea to kick the back of Arnold's seat. One day. (Don't know what I'm talking about? What? Go buy Kindergarten Cop right now! Or watch the scene here: http://bit.ly/1we3EpP)

2.) Inattentive Parents (64%). If you have a newborn, and they are crying, that's understandable. I want to cry sometimes when the airline has the audacity to charge me $100 for checking two bags, and then charge me another $10 for a sandwich, after already paying $1200 for two tickets. I get that and am OK with that. It must be an extraordinarily unpleasant experience for a baby to fly. But if you're just letting your kids jump around, build forts, unnecessarily scream, while running up and down the aisles... stop it. Please.

3.) The Aromatic Passenger (56%). Again, I'm sorry. I always travel with deodorant in my carry-on now. You should do the same Mr. "I'm wearing all denim and leather on a 98 degree day."

4.) The Audio Insensitive (talking or Music; 51%). It's hard enough having to hear Taylor Swift every five minutes on the radio... can we at least turn her down while you're sitting next to me? The "shake it off" hand gestures are not appreciated, either.

5.) The Boozer (50%). With the prices they charge for alcohol on planes, I've never understood how someone can afford to do this on a plane. Then again, most of these folks have spent the past few hours at a secondary version of a popular chain restaurant before boarding, so... it makes more sense now. The upside is, many times they just fall asleep. The downside is, many times it's on my shoulder.

6.) Chatty Cathy (43%). To steal a line from Steve Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, "Didn't you notice on the plane when you started talking, eventually I started reading the vomit bag? Didn't that give you some sort of clue, like maybe this guy is not enjoying it? Y'know, not everything is an anecdote, you have to discriminate! You choose things are funny or mildly amusing! You're a miracle! Your stories have none of that!"... I, I like me..."

7.) Carry-On Baggage Offenders (39%). Granted, I think the baggage sizers they have when checking in are slightly smaller than what you can actually bring on the plane, but your rolling suitcase big enough to comfortably hold a colony of koala bears should probably be checked (if not for the sole purpose to see if you're illegally transporting koala bears).

8.) The Armrest Hog (38%). Somehow I always end up next to these guys. Though I don't blame them. No. I blame the airlines companies for designing armrests only big enough for scrawny-armed Rob Lowe.

9.) Seat-Back Guy (37%). Again, perhaps not the passenger's fault and more a design issue, but without fail, I get on a plane, and immediately before take-off (even though the stewardess and Captain just told you to keep your seat back in the upright and locked position!), Seat-back guy will immediately recline his seat back at you and spend the next ten minutes violently adjusting and squirming. This is why getting an exit row is key.

10.) The Queue Jumper (35%). Look, we all have places to be, but immediately rushing to deplane is selfish and rude. Unless an announcement has been made that the plane is running late and some people need to make connections, there is no reason to immediately jump out of your seat and rush towards the front to get off the plane. Ok, I can think of a few reasons (all bathroom related), but for the sake of working together as a functioning airplane riding society, please, wait your turn.

11.) Overhead Bin Inconsiderate (stows bag in first available spot, rather than nearest to his/her seat; 32%). Perhaps this goes hand in hand with the carry-on baggage offenders who bring their gigantic suitcases on board, taking up more room than is allotted for them, which creates a ripple effect. This guy is why I only carrying on a backpack that I can store under the space provided under my seat.

12.) Pungent Foodies (32%). You bought a greek salad full of red onions, garlic and munster cheese right before boarding? Awesome! Let's crack that thing open, crank up the overhead fan and really get this place full of 150 other people, including the guy who just spent a week staying in a San Franciscan hostel, crammed together in a hot, tight fuselage that hasn't been professionally cleaned in quite some time smelling really good!

13.) Back Seat Grabber (31%). For some reason, back seat grabber guy feels as though it is imperative to grab the back of your seat to stabilize himself while adjusting in his seat. He also feels the need to do this a multiple occasions. It's really fun. Like getting rear-ended at a stoplight fun. Thanks guy!

14.) Playboy (reads or watches adult content; 30%). I can't say I've ever sat next to someone who has pulled out pornography in any form while flying, but have you ever noticed they are selling adult magazines at airports? Someone is doing it. Someone is buying these things. Enough people are doing it to where it's the 14th biggest annoyance in this survey. Weird.

15.) The Amorous (Inappropriate affection levels; 29%). Never understood these couples. Apparently being jammed into an airplane like livestock is a big turn on for some folks. Then again, there are apparently people looking at pornography on planes too, so maybe I'm just a prude.

16.) Mad Bladder (window seat passenger who make repeat bathroom visits; 28%). This guy is usually "The Boozer" as well. Best to just bite the bullet and get out of his way because you never know when it isn't his bladder that wants to be emptied.

17.) Undresser (26%). This unfortunately is not what it sounds like either. These are the passengers who take off their shoes and socks, ultimately contributing to the Brian Fantana cologne that fills the cabin ("You know, desire smells like that to some people"). Trust me, I'd rather take my shoes off as well, but I'm going to spare everyone from that and just suffer with some caged in feet for a few hours. You should too.

18.) The Seat Switcher (13%). Being a married man, I'm going to go ahead and say that 90% of seat switches are instigated (read: Insisted upon) by wives or girlfriends. So while I have done this before, it has not been of my own accord, and I'm willing to bet if someone is asking you to switch seats, there is a wife or girlfriend behind the request. Feel free to say no. It gives us the old "well I tried" line e can truthfully deliver, while also giving us the next few hours to just sleep and not talk about Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Sorry, honey.

So now that we've gone through all of the offenders, it is important to note that the survey found 78% of fliers agreed with the statement that "for the most part, fellow passengers are considerate of other passengers."

What's the worst kind of annoying airline passenger to you? Let us know on our Facebook page, KHQ Local News.

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