10 Types of Airline Passengers Who Will Ruin Your Sleep

Original published by Van Winkle's, a new website dedicated to smarter sleep & wakefulness, published by Casper.

Flight delays, turbulence and crappy in-flight movies are among air travel’s worst nuisances. But they don’t compare to the people — oh god, the people — who were sent from hell to torture us. Specifically, why do they make it so hard to get some damn shuteye?

Heading into the holiday travel season, Expedia has released its third annual Airplane Etiquette Study. They asked more than 1,000 American adults to identify which types of air travelers make them hope for engine failure that sends them into the ocean. Here are the top 10 offenders:

10. Overhead Bin Inconsiderate

The person who throws his luggage into the first available bin, rather than courteously placing it by his seat.

9. Seat-Back Guy

The person who reclines his seat into your lap. Honestly, we’re surprised this one isn’t higher.

8. The Queue Jumper

That guy who rushes to get off the plane when it lands. Dude, chill.

7. Carry-On Baggage Offenders

When someone crams a huge carry-on bag underneath their seat, and tripping ensues.

6. Chatty Cathy

Maybe she’s social, or maybe she’s just really lonely, but the “Chatty Cathy” will talk to you for every second of that 16-hour flight.

5. The Boozer

Hey, wait, what? We thought everyone loves “The Boozer.”

4. The Audio Insensitive

Oh cool, you’re binge watching the entire first season of Mad Men? That’s great, but we already saw it years ago and don’t need to hear it throughout this entire flight.

3. The Aromatic Passenger

The guy who didn’t shower before the flight, leaving everyone to suffer the consequences.

2. Inattentive Parents

Look, sometimes it’s out of the parents’ control, but that still doesn’t make sharing a flight with a screaming baby or out-of-control child any less unbearable.

1. Rear Seat Kicker

The person who kicks your seat. Unless you’ve got restless leg syndrome, then what the hell is your problem?

Check out the entire list here, including some of the ones that didn’t crack the top 10 such as the “Mad Bladder” (always leaving to go to the bathroom) and “The Single and Ready to Mingle” (self-explanatory).

Additional highlights:

  • Everybody has someone they hate on a flight, but would they actually do anything about it? Nearly half said they’d just ignore someone who was bothering them, while 21 percent would confront them. Ten percent would actually record the person with a camera phone, and three percent would publish the video on social media.

  • A little more than one percent of travelers have admitted to being members of the Mile High Club, either with someone they knew or someone they just met.

  • Three-quarters of surveyed travelers said they’re fine with polite small talk, but they’d rather keep to themselves throughout the flight. Sixteen percent of people actually go out of their way to make new friends on a flight. We’d like to ask those 16 percenters to stay away from us, thanks very much.

Last month, Expedia released a similar list of the worst kinds of hotel guests. “Inattentive Parents” took the top spot.


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