In matters of airplane etiquette American travelers seem to call on flight attendants a little more than on themselves to confront someone directly. Travel Leaders Group, a large travel agency, surveyed over 3,400 passengers across the USA in April 2016. They asked “What would you do?" when faced with a variety of travel situations.
Dilemmas and responses follow so that you can compare what you would do with what others say they would do.
Dilemma 1. If you saw two passengers fighting in-flight, what would you do?
|Call a flight attendant and let him/her handle the situation||73.3%|
|Step in and try to defuse the situation||7.8%|
|Sit quietly and say nothing||4.6%|
|Capture the video on my smartphone||1.3%|
Dilemma 2. If a child was behaving badly, one that was old enough to understand their actions, and the parents did nothing to correct it, what would you do?
|Call a flight attendant and let him/her handle the situation||54.8%|
|Sit quietly and say nothing||14.4%|
|Say something directly to the parents||13.4%|
|Say something directly to the child||6.6%|
Dilemma 3. If the person in the seat in front of you reclined the seat so much that you had difficulty lowering your tray table or were unable to open up a laptop, what would you do?
|Say something directly to the person||41.6%|
|Call a flight attendant and let him/her handle the situation||31.6%|
|Sit quietly and say nothing||15.3%|
|Jam your knees into the back of the seat||3.7%|
Dilemma 4. If you were trying to recline your airplane seat and you were hindered by the person behind you, what would you do?
|Say something directly to the person||27.8%|
|Call a flight attendant and let him/her handle the situation||27.5%|
|Sit quietly and say nothing||27.0%|
|Continuously try to recline my seat||5.0%|
Dilemma 5. If you were seated next to, or near, someone with a pet (for instance a dog or cat), what would you do?
|Make small talk about pets||38.4%|
|Sit quietly and say nothing – would not bother me||29.1%|
|I would ask to be reseated, I’m allergic to animals||14.1%|
|I would ask if the seatmate could be reseated||4.4%|
|Sit quietly and say nothing – even though it bothers me||3.0%|