Published on Monday, November 24, 2008

Brits among the most annoying travellers


The British are amongst the most annoying travellers in the world, a global poll reveals.

Americans top the list (18%), followed by those from France (12%) and Germany (10%).

British and Chinese travellers (equaly six per cent) complete the roll call of the five most annoying nationalities, according to the survey of 8,931 people – including almost 500 from the UK - by online travel reviews company TripAdvisor.

Children who kick the back of airline seats are the ultimate no-no for almost one third of travellers (31%).

Rude seat recliners drive one in five travellers mad (21%), whilst passengers who bellow down their mobile phones (16%), block the aisles whilst stowing their bags (12%) and hog the armrests (4%) are rated as being the most annoying traveller traits.

A spokesman for TripAdvisor said: “The notion of ‘travelling for pleasure’ can be a total farce when you’re surrounded by passengers who seem intent on making their presence felt – be it with a boot in the back, or an elbow in the ribs.”  

Top 10 Most Annoying Travellers

1. Americans                                                                                      18%

2. French                                                                                             12%

3. Germans                                                                                         10%

4. British                                                                                               6%

5. Chinese                                                                                           6%

6. Russians                                                                                          5%

7. Japanese 


8. Italians                                                                                             5%

9. Indians                                                                                             2%

10. Emiratees                                                                                   


Top Travel Annoyances

1. Children kicking your seat back   31%

2. Rude seat recliners                   21%

3. Loud mobile phone conversations 16%

4. Passengers taking too long to stow overhead baggage 12%

5. People getting up before the seatbelt sign is off  5%

6. Armrest hogs  4%

7.  Passengers consuming smelly food  4%

8. Travellers blocking moving walkways  3%

9. “Shoulder surfers” reading over your shoulder  1%

10. People wandering in front of airport service carts  1%

by Phil Davies 

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