Parents of Noisy Children Rank as Most Annoying Airline Passengers

If you are a parent who lets your children scream and go nuts on a plane, congratulations — you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air.

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No surprise, 49% of Americans surveyed said they would pay extra to be seated in a designated “quiet zone,” free of screaming children. (Credit: Charlie Riedel, Associated Press)

Parents who travel with loud children are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the in front of them and travelers with foul odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the air-tight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia.

Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators. So it was no surprise that 49% of Americans surveyed said they would pay extra to be seated in a designated “quiet zone,” free of screaming children, the survey found.

But the survey pointed out some hypocrisy: Travelers who fully recline their seats were ranked as the 7th worst violation even though 80% of travelers admitted that they recline their seat all the way at some point in the flight.

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