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These are the unspoken rules of flying, according to a new survey


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There is nothing worse than sitting next to someone who is rude or inconsiderate on a flight.

But how do you know if you’re sitting next to someone inconsiderate or if you’re the inconsiderate one?

Many people are simply not sure what is and is not acceptable on an airplane. Can you bring your own food on board? Sleeping on an early morning flight? And should you recline your seat or not?

kayak has conducted a survey of American travelersharnessing public opinion to find out what the unspoken rules of flying are.

These are the unspoken rules of flying, according to a new survey

These are the results:

a matter of feet

Do your feet swell when you fly? You’re not alone! Despite this, 56% of passengers say they shouldn’t take their shoes off on a plane.

And if you take off your shoes? A staggering 76% of those surveyed believe their socks should stay on.

A young woman with her feet up on a plane

You should also keep your feet firmly on the ground.

It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing shoes, socks, or nothing at all; 68% of travelers say your feet should always stay on the floor instead of resting on the back of the chair in front of you.

the price of beauty

The overwhelming consensus is that the plane is not the time to take care of your beauty needs. There is simply no space!

If your hair is a mess, then worry when you get off the plane because 72% of passengers don’t want you to brush your hair on board.

Unsurprisingly, 74% of passengers want you to keep your hair to yourself, keeping it on your own seat instead of on theirs.

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Passengers boarding a crowded plane

81% of respondents agree that you shouldn’t file your nails on a plane, 92% say you shouldn’t cut your nails, and 90% also don’t want to see you plucking your eyebrows.

Even putting on makeup on the plane is frowned upon. The space is too small to take care of any of your beauty needs.

To sleep or not to sleep?

Do you like to use your flight time as an opportunity to catch up on some sleep? The good news is that most people don’t have a problem with airplane naps.

But there are some exceptions to this rule. If you snore, 66% of people think you should stop napping and keep your eyes open.

Female passenger sleeping on top of a male passenger on a plane

77% of people agree that it’s never okay to lean on a stranger’s shoulder when falling asleep on a plane. And you can’t drool, according to 57% of people.

If you’re a hard or deep sleeper, this will disturb 66% of your fellow travelers, who will have a hard time waking you up and getting through if they need to use the bathroom.

snack fights

Not everyone wants to eat their food on board, so it’s perfectly acceptable to bring your own snacks on board, according to 54% of respondents.

But what you eat is more controversial.


66% agree that fresh eggs are a big no-no, and 84% will silently judge you if you take BBQ ribs on a plane.

55% don’t want to hear you eat crunchy foods and 85% know that gassy foods will only end in trouble.

Pizza is also discarded, according to 76% of passengers.

With 92% of passengers saying no one should bring smelly food on board, it’s important to think carefully about in-flight snacks.

The needs of friends and family

If you’re traveling as part of a group, you may want to sit together, even if you don’t have reserved seats.

If you ask politely, 54% of passengers agree that you can ask to change seats, and 58% of passengers believe that asking to sit next to a friend or family member is over.

Not everyone likes to hear children on board a plane, but most passengers understand that they have as much right to be there as anyone else. 74% of passengers believe that it is okay to take a baby on board and 78% of passengers believe that it is okay to take a small child on board.

Passengers in the seat during the flight with a man walking down the aisle.  Airplane interior with people sitting on the seats.  People traveling by plane.

72% of respondents think it’s okay to introduce yourself to your seatmate if you’ve never met before.

However, no matter how nice the person sitting next to you seems, you should never borrow their stuff. 86% of travelers agree that this would put them in an uncomfortable position.

Seat choice matters

We all know that the middle seat is the most uncomfortable on the plane. But just because you’re sitting in the middle seat doesn’t mean you can claim both armrests, according to 57% of respondents.

However, if you get the window seat, the consideration goes out the window! 77% of people believe that the person in that seat controls the window and can decide whether the blind is up or down.

A man looking out the window of an airplane

Comfort is also not considered when it comes to reclining the seat, with 88% of passengers agreeing that you can recline if you want. There wouldn’t be a recline button if you didn’t have to use it!

Finally, unless it is a real emergency, 66% of passengers feel it is inconsiderate to call the flight attendant more than once per flight.

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