Study: The biggest travel annoyances this holiday season

Published: Dec. 19, 2018 at 12:41 PM CST
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AAA projects more than 100 million Americans will travel this holiday season, meaning crowded highways, airports and public transit.

surveyed 2,000 people who fly at least twice a year to find out the worst offenses when it comes to flying, public transportation and ridesharing.

When it comes to air travel, 54% of people surveyed said getting their seat kicked is the biggest annoyance. A crying child followed seat kicking with 27% of the vote and body odor came in third with 26% of the vote.

Other flying annoyances were a talkative passenger, inattentive parents, a drunk passenger, a seat pulled back or leaned on, snoring, rushing to get off the plane as soon as it gets to the gate, a reclining seat, a passenger putting their feet up, smelly food, man-spreading, a passenger removing their socks or shoes, bright screens on phones, non-service dogs, and finally in last place was dressing sloppy, which bothered just 1%.

As far as public transportation annoyances, the survey showed talking loudly on the phone was the No. 1 offense, with 54% agreeing. Body order took the second spot at 41% and playing music without headphones was third with 29%.

The top annoyances for ridesharing was aggressive driving with 44%, driver talking on the phone at 32%, and dirty/messy car at %31. Talking loudly on the phone was followed by body odor, which 41% of the survey disliked. Coming in at No. 3 on the list of annoying public transportation habits was playing music without headphones.