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12 Things that you can do to annoy other passengers
Kicking the seat in the front
Thud, thud, thud. “Excuse me, would you mind stopping that?”

THUD. THUD. THUD.  If this sounds at all familiar then chances are you are among the
97.9% of travellers who loathe seatback kickers in the row behind. The figure comes from a
poll by the travel website Travelocity, whose readers despised this favourite pastime of
bored children more than any other travel irritant.
Ignoring your kids’ bad behaviour
Most Britons want child-free zones on planes  

On a similar theme, the travel community TripAdvisor conducted a survey on family
travel in April. It revealed that 79% of Britons believed there should be child-free
zones on planes (interestingly, that figure includes 71% of parents).

But it seems the children themselves are not the main target of travellers’ irritation:
rather, it is their oblivious parents for not controlling them better. "The people
travelling with kids and the people travelling without them tend to be equally vocal
about how annoying the other group is," said Michele Perry, vice-president of global
communications for TripAdvisor.
Being too friendly to neighbours
Overly friendly neighbours: much disliked on planes  

Some people read, some sleep and some wile away the long hours in the air by
getting to know the people in the neighbouring seats. But while recounting your life
story to complete strangers may seem like a friendly thing to do, beware the
strained smile and glazed eyes.

In another TripAdvisor survey, of the most annoying behaviour among air
passengers, travellers who yabber nonstop – despite you sending clear signals
you want to be left alone – made a surprise appearance at No 3 in the list.
Poor hygiene
Shower before you get onboard  

Perhaps airlines should hand out smelling salts and air
fresheners on long haul flights. It seems there is much call for
them. Fellow passengers with bad breath and BO have been
voted the very worst people to sit next to on a flight in a recent
poll. Almost one-fifth of respondents found such malodorous
companions unbearable.

Accorindg to Barry Smith, “Take a shower and pack breath mints
before boarding a flight if you want to stay on the good side of
your fellow passengers. For any budding entrepreneurs, there is
obviously a big market here for some form of nose plug.”
Being rude to staff
Cabin attendants are the most common victims of air rage  

We get it. You’re sleep-deprived, uncomfortable and irritated that there
are only fish meals left. But really – must you take it out on the cabin
crew? Civil Aviation Authority figures show that incidents of air range
have trebled over the past five years, with cabin attendants the most
common victims. And a recent survey of British flyers found that 75%
believed air passengers had become much ruder in general over the
past few years – especially to airline staff.
Eating smelly food or eating noisily
Bacon sandwiches: best not taken on a plane
(Image © John Giles/PA)

Eating pungent or crunchy food is another habit that gets your fellow travellers hot
under the collar, according to TripAdvisor’s survey of annoying travel behaviour.
Whiffy cheese-and-onion crisps, rustling sweets and egg and bacon sandwiches
are all common offenders – but if it can be smelt or heard from a seat away,
chances are you’re offending somebody.
Taking your shoes off
Taking your shoes off: save it for the great outdoors  

Another olfactory offender: you have just settled on to the flight and are starting
to think about your stomach, hoping to catch a whiff of approaching food, when
another more unsavoury smell assails your nostrils – sweaty feet in the row
behind. Bang! There goes your appetite, and with it any chance of a pleasant
flight.

Wantonly shoeless people were another candidate for the stocks in Skyscanner’
s poll of the people you would least like to sit next to on an aeroplane. A
spokesman for the company, Sam Baldwin, said: “While it may be more
comfortable for you to remove your shoes, make sure you’ve got your odour
eaters on if you want to stay on the right side of your fellow travellers.”  
Getting drunk on board
Beware fellow passengers bearing too much duty free alcohol
(Image © Matthew Fearn/PA)

Partaking of a sip of wine with your meal is one thing. Downing your duty free
and giving a rousing rendition of the national anthem is another. Drunken
travellers also stumbled close to the top of the list in the Skyscanner poll of
irritating fellow passengers.

The company's spokesman Sam Baldwin says: “Loud drunkards are especially
annoying; your heart sinks when you realise you’re going to be stuck behind a
rowdy stag or hen party for the whole flight. Unless you’re part of the party
yourself, of course!”
Hogging your armrest
Armrest space is at a premium in economy  

You know what to expect from economy class: small seats,
limited legroom and minimal personal space. But any further
encroachment on to our own little patch of airspace is enough
to make the best of us fume.

For such an apparently low-level offence, armrest hoggers
were a perhaps surprising inclusion among the most despised
categories in the Skyscanner survey. Sam Baldwin told us:
“There’s always going to be conflict over that middle armrest.
Maybe airlines need to introduce some sort of armrest
timeshare system?”  
Reclining your seat
Knees are endangered species in economy seats .

One of the few recourses left to comfort in a cattle-class seat is to
recline your chair and take a snooze. But even this can trigger acute
bouts of air rage from your fellow passengers, it seems.

The Tripadvisor poll listed reclining your seat without asking as one of
the 10 most annoying travel habits. As airlines cut down on already
meagre legroom in a bid to fit ever more seats on to their planes, it’s
hardly surprising that passengers fear for their kneecaps. There is
even a controversial little gadget called a Knee Defender on the
market, which prevents the seat in front from reclining.
Stowing too much overhead luggage
Overhead luggage compartments are another battleground for
passengers  

Stocking up on duty free goodies is one of the few distractions during long waits in the
airport. But precious overhead luggage space is another battle ground for passengers,
according to the TripAdvisor study. Stowing too much baggage or too slowly both infuriated
the poll’s respondents, and taking luggage down just as soon as the plane has landed was
another common bugbear.
And the rest ...
Sneezing is yet another source on inflight annoyance  

So far we have only scratched the surface of all the habits that irk our
fellow travellers. The surveys all highlighted a multitude of other offenders:
the snorers, the dribblers, the floppers and the sneezers among them.
Then there are the people getting up before the seatbelt sign is turned
off, and those that read over their neighbours’ shoulders.

In fact, there are so many ways in which we can fall foul of our fellow flyers
it seems none of us can claim innocence. So what hope is there of a
pleasant flight in economy?

TripAdvisor’s poll had 61% of respondents simply recommending that you
do unto other travellers as you would have them do to you. "We're all in
this together," said Michele Perry, spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.
"By minding our manners and adhering to basic travel etiquette – much of which is really just common sense,
we can make holiday travel a little easier for everyone."
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Don't let turbulence freak you out
By Brett Snyder, Special to CNN  
CNN) -- From a little jolt to an all-out roller coaster ride, turbulence is a routine event when it comes to
flying, but it scares the heck out of a lot of travelers. Fortunately, if you follow directions, your chances
of getting hurt are slim to none.

The first thing to remember with turbulence is that it's almost never as bad as you think. In severe
turbulence, it might seem like you dropped 100 feet, but it was probably not even 10.

Consider driving fast down a dirt road. If you tried to hold on to a cup of water on that ride, you'd be
just fine except for the thorough soaking you'd get about two seconds in. On the other hand, if you're
in an airplane that hits turbulence, your water usually won't even splash outside of the cup.
Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to see that next bump in the sky just yet. For control freaks like me and countless
others, that's an anxiety-producing experience. But there are some important things to know about turbulence that should
help calm your nerves.

You aren't going to crash.

Airplanes pass through turbulence all day, every day, and how often have you heard of an airplane actually crashing
because of it? At cruising altitude, it just doesn't happen. And in other stages of flight it's, at most, very, very rare. It takes a
lot more than bumps along the way to down a plane.

Planes are built to stay in the air. They are meant to withstand insane amounts of force on the body and wings.Airplanes
have come out of extreme turbulence with the interiors looking like they were hit by a tornado, but the aircraft itself flew just
fine. But that doesn't mean you should just ignore it. Turbulence can still break bones or even kill if you aren't smart.
Fasten your seatbelts
If there's one thing you should do when flying to stay safe, it's keeping your seatbelt
fastened any time you're sitting down. If you need to get up to go to the bathroom, do it
when the seatbelt sign is off. Otherwise, stay seated. Why?Because the people who
don't put their seatbelts on are the ones who do their best impression of pancakes
sticking to the ceiling when the ride gets really rough.

There are several severe turbulence incidents each year that get reported in the news.
And inevitably, a handful of people get hurt. But if you have your seatbelt on, you'll be
fine. The injuries come from hitting heads on the ceiling or being thrown around in the
aisle like a rag doll. If you're seated with your belt on, it's like a roller coaster ride and
nothing worse.
Thunderstorms
Remember that I said it's rare, not unheard of, for
turbulence to bring airplanes down. There is one
kind of turbulence that has been known to cause
accidents -- the turbulence generated by
thunderstorms.

The updrafts and sudden wind shifts can be so
violent that a big thunderstorm can bring an
airplane down, especially if it happens near the
ground. But pilots learned long ago to fly around
storms.
Modern airplanes have sophisticated radar detection that allow pilots to navigate around thunderstorms. You might be in the
middle of the clouds, but you aren't flying through the heart of a storm cell unless your pilot has made a big mistake.

Though we don't know exactly what brought down Air France flight 447 over the Atlantic on its way from Brazil to France back
in 2009, some speculate that the pilots flew right into some nasty storms that led to a series of events that brought the
airplane down. But even then, turbulence was probably at most a contributing factor to the confusion in the cockpit after
systems starting failing for other reasons.

The best news is that technology and training continue to get better, and that helps pilots avoid turbulence with greater ease
year after year. In fact, one of the biggest threats, windshear near an airport, has been significantly muzzled for that reason.
Windshear
Windshear near the airport is one of the most
dangerous types of weather. It involves a dramatic
shift in wind direction that causes airplanes to gain
and lose speed and altitude quickly. It's often related
to a thunderstorm. The reason it's so dangerous
near the airport is because the airplane is pretty
close to the ground at that point. There just isn't
much room to recover if something goes wrong.

In the past, there have been a handful of accidents
from windshear including Delta flight 191 in Dallas in
1985. The airplane ran into windshear from a
thunderstorm just before it was to land and the pilots
couldn't recover in time.
It's incredibly unlikely that this kind of accident would happen again in the United States today for two reasons. Training and
technology are far better. As with any accident, people learned from Delta 191 and training has changed to reflect those
lessons. Pilots are taught to be more conservative in situations like that and they're trained to abort landings when conditions
aren't right. They're also aided by windshear detection equipment on the airplane and at major airports.

In the end, turbulence is frightening but the chance that something bad will happen to you is incredibly small. Of course, fear
isn't always rational. Just keep that seatbelt fastened.
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