Five Questions About Airplane Etiquette
If you just flew back from Thanksgiving, you might have some strong opinions here . . .
Someone polled people on airplane etiquette. Here are five questions, and how people answered. (For simplicity on a few of them, we’re not including the people who answered “not sure.”)
1. Should people in middle seats get both armrests? Only 19% of people who answered said the person in the middle deserves more armrest access than the people on each side. 73% said equal access, and 8% said LESS.
2. Should the person in the window seat have total control over the window shade? 45% said yes, complete control. 55% said no, other people in the row should get a say in whether it’s up or down.
3. Is it okay to ask a stranger to switch seats so you can sit with someone? 7% think it’s NEVER acceptable . . . 11% think it’s always okay to ask . . . and everyone else thinks it depends.
4. If you were traveling alone, would YOU agree to switch seats? Around 80% of us would as long as the new seat was at least as good as the one we were sitting in. 23% would even do it if the new seat was worse.
5. How much do you want to talk to the strangers next to you on a plane? Only 11% don’t want to talk at all. Most people think a little bit’s okay, but keep it to a minimum. And 4% of us hope the person talks our ear off the whole flight. (Like Del Griffith in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”.)