Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Fri September 11 2015

The 8 Most Annoying People On a Plane

Features & Advice | Barry Kaufman | September 11, 2015

The 8 Most Annoying People On a Plane

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Even as the airlines squeeze our legs into narrower and narrower confines, gouge us with ancillary fees and deprive us of the extra large bags of peanuts we remember from days gone by, there is one pain of air travel that has nothing to do with the plane.

We’re talking about our fellow passengers, those people who were abandon all social and hygienic niceties the second they step on board. We’re sure that outside of a pressurized metal tube they’re all very nice people, but something about strapping in for that long flight turns some switch off in their mind. At that point, people who would never dream of unloading a flurry of karate-style kicks onto another person’s seat suddenly unleash their inner Karate Kid. Around the time you pull out of the gate, they forget how seats work, choosing instead to sprawl across as many of them as their frame will allow.

The folks at know where we’re coming from, and that’s why the prepared the following infographic highlighting the eight seat-mates you won’t want to have next to you on a plane.

Look around your next flight. If you don’t see any of these, it might be you.


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