SOUTHLAKE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Travelocity’s 2009 Rudeness Poll reveals the opinions of nearly 1,600 North American travelers on an array of bad travel behavior, highlighting poor hygiene, oversized carry-on luggage and arguing families as among top travel peeves for U.S. respondents. From boarding the plane to dining out while on vacation, it seems rude behavior occurs at every stage of the trip.
“Whether I’m enjoying dinner with friends or perusing comments made to blog posts online, the topic of rude travelers always seems to get people talking,” Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity senior editor, said. “Whatever the offense, emotions and opinions seems to fly freely when this subject is brought up, so we decided to poll our customers to find the worst offenders.”
Canadians and Americans are broadly similar in terms of the people and behaviors that annoy them on vacations. They generally agree about their least-favorite traveler to sit next to during a flight, passengers with “poor hygiene” being the top pick (45 percent of North Americans) and “coughing or sneezing passengers” coming in second (30 percent of North Americans).
Americans find “loud talking or swearing” (56 percent) and “kicking the seat” (50 percent) the most irritating on-board behavior. And, they say the most bothersome fellow travelers to encounter during vacation are arguing families (31 percent), boisterous kids (28 percent) and rowdy college students (24 percent).
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For the complete results of Travelocity’s 2009 Rudeness Poll, visit www.travelocity.com/rudeness.
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