Surveys are being released all the time about various things related to travel, but I recently saw a clip on the Seattle news about one that really got my attention. That’s right, it’s a survey about travel etiquette. My favorite topic!! The survey, conducted by Travel Leaders Group, asked travelers to put themselves in certain positions and then rate how they would react.
“If another airline passenger seated near you won’t turn off his/her cell phone while in flight, what would you do?”
- 34.3% — Call a flight attendant.
- 27.1 % — Say something directly to the person.
- 23.9% — Sit quietly and say nothing.
- 14.7% — Not sure.
My thoughts: I honestly don’t care that much if someone doesn’t turn off their cell phone, as long as they’re not, like, talking on it or something. It surprises me that so many people would be willing to call a flight attendant, as I have never seen a FA called for a cell phone before.
“If another airline passenger seated near you is using headphones to listen to music or a movie and the sound is so loud that everyone around him/her can also hear, what would you do?”
- 47.4% — Ask them to turn it down.
- 26.5% — Call a flight attendant.
- 17.3% — Sit quietly and say nothing.
- 8.8% — Not sure.
My thoughts: For me, this one depends. If I’m right next to someone, I can often hear their music, but it’s almost never so loud that it’s a big deal. (Although sometimes I worry about the effects on their hearing. But whatever.) However, if it were so loud that it was distracting me from work or really bothering me, I would probably say something.
“If a child was seated behind you on an airplane and constantly kicked your seat, what would you do?”
- 62.8% — Say something directly to the parent or child.
- 10.2% — Call a flight attendant.
- 9.7% — Sit quietly and say nothing, hoping the parent will stop their child.
- 6.7% — Ignore it, children will be children.
- 6.1% — Turn around and glare at the parent or child.
- 4.5% — Not sure
My thoughts: I would definitely turn around and say something, but try to be nice about it. Chances are the kid isn’t doing it intentionally, and the parent doesn’t fly often enough to recognize how thin the seats are. Now, if it continues, or if it’s hard, or if they are really being rude, that changes things. Probably then I would call a flight attendant.
“If you were flying alone and a couple asked you to switch seats so that they could sit together, what would you do?”
- 44.7% — Gladly move regardless of what kind of seat it was.
- 27.2% — Move only if it was not a middle seat.
- 13.6% — Move only if new seat was an aisle seat.
- 6.4% — Not sure.
- 4.4% — Move only if new seat was a window seat.
- 1.8% — Move only if it were closer to the front of the plane.
- 1.3% — Move only if new seat had extra leg room.
- 0.6% — I wouldn’t move for any reason.
My thoughts: Again, it depends. If it’s a short flight, and if I’m NOT PREGNANT, then a middle seat isn’t a big deal. If it’s a longer flight, or if I’m pregnant, then I would really prefer to have the same type of seat I reserved originally. Is that mean?
I’m kind of surprised that so many people would move only if the seat was better than their own….
“While passing through a TSA security checkpoint, if a traveler in front of you is taking too long removing shoes, laptop, etc. would you…”
- 51.3% — Patiently wait.
- 37.8% — Wait, but be frustrated that they don’t have their act together.
- 9.0% — Jump in front of them.
- 1.8% — Not sure.
- 0.1% — Tell them to move faster.
My thoughts: This one is easy. I would wait but be irritated inside. I can’t help it!
The other questions: If you were traveling with a companion and you got one upgrade, what would you do? And, If you placed a small bag in the overhead bin and were asked to put it under the seat in front of you so another passenger could place a very large bag up there, what would you do? Very interesting questions!!
Readers, do you agree with the respondents? What would you do in these situations?