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Canadians’ top travel peeves

- October 8th, 2009

Canadians are predictably polite when dealing with vacation irritations, even when faced with top pet peeves, such as poor hygiene, seat kickers and rowdy students.

The results of the 2009 Travelocity.ca Travel Rudeness poll show 59 per cent of Canadians are more irked by physical intrusions than Americans, while U.S. residents say loud talkers are the most inconsiderate people on flights.

“Travelocity.ca’s assessment of travel annoyances provides an interesting and entertaining snapshot of the kind of bad travel behaviour that drives us all to distraction,” commented Brian Simpson, general manager of Travelocity.ca. “This year’s results also highlight some interesting differences between Canadian and American travellers and those travelling with or without children.”

More than 50 per cent of North American respondents feel parents should take a misbehaving child to a private area; one-third feel the child should be reprimanded. Canadians are more likely to expect an apology from parents of rowdy children, with 14 per cent saying they want an ‘I’m sorry,’ compared to just 9 per cent of American respondents who expect an apology.

Meanwhile, 45 per cent of North Americans say the poor hygiene of travellers around them was a top annoyance, followed by passengers who cough or sneeze, passengers who recline their seats all the way back, passengers who bring larger than allowed carry-on on the plane and fliers who get out of their airplane seat before the seat belt sign is turned off.

Fifty-three per cent of Canadians also say travellers who rush ahead in the aisle to deplane are extremely annoying; 59 per cent of Americans echo this. So, if you don’t want more than half the plane to think of you as rude, take a cue from the Travel Rudeness poll and wait your turn to disembark.

- Nicole Feenstra

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2 comments

  1. J. Cym | August 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    All of those annoyances hit home, but here’s one that didn’t get enough of a mention: Smell! I am extremely sensitive to strong scent – perfume, aftershave, some shampoos – you get the picture. My throat seizes and I can’t breathe. Because people are jammed so close together, it should be against the law to get on a plane wearing scented products – like cigarettes are!

  2. Kevlar | January 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I was on a trip recently and was sitting in business class. The guy beside me was a lawyer…. and from the second he sat down, he opened up his laptop and made a call… and he talked.. and talked.. and talked.. and then started spreading papers on the armrest, on the floor in front of him, to the left and right, into the magazine pocket in front of him, then got his dinner tray out and used it… and he talked and talked.. then the rlight was ready to go… and the airline hostess asked that “… electronic devices, including cell phones ….” were to be turned off. Mr. Lawyer, well, he talked, and talked.. the airplane was backed out of its spot, and he talked. Then, we started taxiing toward the runway for take-off, and he talked. We lined up on the end of the runway… I’d had enough… I tapped him on the shoulder and strongly, but politely, suggested he GET OFF THE PHONE AND TURN IT OFF. He did.. but as soon as we were told we could use electronic devices again, he was back on the phone. It wouldn’t be so bad, but he was loud… and I, and I’m sure other passengers, really didn’t care to hear about the legal issues affecting the drug store chain he was, apparently, working for had this legal problem and that legal problem. Seriously, are we even suppost to hear that? Isn’t stuff between a lawyer and his/her client suppost to be privileged? After three passengers complained to the hostess, and she talked to him, he stopped using the phone.
    My point.. why is it that people who THINK they’re important, also think they have the right to invade other people’s lives in such an invasive manner?
    So, bring a book, a magazine, a QUIET electronic game, look out the window and/or sleep rather than being inconsiderate when you’re on a flight. Think of those around you.
    OH, and yes, people with kids should have their own section, right at the back, with a sound proof door between them and the rest of the cabin.. with a child-proof door/lock or.. better yet, maybe there should be ‘no kid flights’ options. There. I said it. I’m glad.

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