Study reveals that infrequent fliers and men are the most annoying plane passengers

Selfish men who don't fly often are most likely to recline their seats and pass gas on flights.
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Selfish men who don't fly often are most likely to recline their seats and pass gas on flights.

Bad smells, walking around barefoot and a chatty neighbour are all annoying habits on a flight.

But can this bad behaviour be attributed to a certain demographic or personality? 

According to a university professor, it can. Ryan Meldrum, from the Florida International University, surveyed 750 people to find out what makes the "typical" annoying passenger.

"Three things stood out as clear correlates of imprudent airline passenger behaviour".
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"Three things stood out as clear correlates of imprudent airline passenger behaviour".

The research, published the in The Social Science Journal, claims your discomfort is likely to be caused by selfish men who don't fly often.

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"The data demonstrated a fairly consistent pattern of results across each of the behaviours," Meldrum said.

"Three things stood out as clear correlates of imprudent airline passenger behaviour: being male, having flown fewer times on an airplane relative to other people, and scoring higher on items measuring self-centeredness." 

In order to reach this conclusion, Meldrum asked people how likely they were to recline one's seat back, pass gas on a flight or not wash one's hands in the bathroom.

He also quizzed the participants on how often they fly and how they rate themselves in terms of  impulsivity, self-restraint, and self-centeredness.

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So what is the lesson we can all take from this research? 

"What this suggests is that being a pleasant airline passenger depends, in part, on how many times you have flown; there appears to be a learning curve." 

 

 - Stuff

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