11 per cent of Indian travellers exhibit sexual intimacy on flights: Expedia study

Published: 25th March 2017 10:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2017 09:09 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

Here’s what the 2017 Flight Etiquette study by Expedia discovered from responses by Indian flyers about their behaviour on board.

We are:


61% often use flights as an opportunity to talk to and meet new people

57% would feel comfortable talking about religious or political topics with a fellow passenger

29% often drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages during air travel (this would include beverages consumed at airport or while on the plane)

11% have been physically intimate with someone on a plane that they were traveling with

11% have ignored carry-on baggage rules

6% have faked a sickness or injury to get a better seat assignment


67% have helped someone with their luggage

59% have offered their seat to a fellow passenger in need (e.g., a family member split from their group, an elderly passenger, a married couple not seated together)

76% feel that for the most part, fellow passengers are considerate of other passengers


61% would like reclining seats banned or at least restricted to set times on short-haul flights

21% have addressed a parent whose child is kicking your seat

80% have thoroughly clean their space before leaving the plane

47% feel whoever sits down first is entitled to claim whichever arm rests they want


68% dread sitting next to someone who talks too much

60% often feel annoyed at parents travelling with loud children

50% often feel annoyed at parents travelling with crying babies

65% would pay extra to be seated in a designated ‘quiet section,’ if offered by airlines


76% wait to stow their luggage in the spot nearest to their seat; 24% stow their luggage in the first available spot in the overhead compartment

51% feel that the person seated in the middle is entitled to both armrests

We are recliners, mostly

48% recline when sleeping

35% recline if it’s a long flight (3 hours or more)

26% recline after meal service has finished

18% recline if the person in front of them does

16% immediately after take-off

14% recline if they have a small baby travelling with them

11% do not recline their seat because it doesn’t feel comfortable to do so

6% do not recline their seat because it seems improper etiquette to do so

In all, 17% of Indian passengers do not recline their seats

Some recline even if the person behind them

Has their laptop out (33%)

Was elderly or frail (31%)

Was particularly tall (30%)

Was noticeably pregnant (25%)

Some of the time, it’s just defiance; 32 per cent of passenger have reclined their seats even if the person behind them showed rude/aggressive behaviour.

Apart from that, 13% have boarded the plane ahead of their assigned group

Use social-media hoping for rewards

36% have used social media while at the airport, check-in, at the gate or on the plane to communicate their travel experiences in the hope of getting a response in their favour

Phone is our lifeline!

We turn off the phone /put it on flight mode, only

When the plane is airborne (4%)

When the plane is about to take off (38%)

As soon as they are seated in the aircraft (57%)

If a passenger was misbehaving:

69% said they would alert the flight attendant and ask them to handle

30% said they would confront a misbehaving passenger directly

20% said they will record the incident using your phone video/camera

13% said they would shame a fellow passenger’s misbehavior via social channels

11% said they would Tweet about it

Only 20% said they would remain quiet/ignore



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