Women have better flight etiquette: Survey

Oct 01 2013, 23:32 IST
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SummaryWomen are less likely to recline their seats on short or long haul flights.

Women have better flight etiquette compared to their male counterparts and are considerate while on board, says a report by travel comparison site Skyscanner.

During a survey conducted among 1,000 Indian travellers, a majority of them admitted to reclining their seats on short and long haul flights.

It revealed that women are less likely to recline their seats on short or long haul flights and when they did, 69 per cent of women said they would recline it at night as compared to 61 per cent of men.

Also, it found that 66 per cent women said they are less likely to recline their seats if the person behind is noticeably pregnant in contrast to 56 per cent men travellers.

Similarly, 58 per cent of women said they will not recline their seats if the person behind is elderly or frail in contrast to 49 per cent of men.

"Irritants such as reclined seats and loud passengers can ruin our travel experience immensely especially on long haul flights. Our survey reveals that women by default being the kind, caring and maternal creatures, are more altruistic in nature in comparison with men when it comes to appropriate behaviour on board an aircraft," Skyscanner India marketing manager Kavitha Gnanamurthy said.

The survey noted that more than half of the travellers in the above 55 age bracket said they are least likely to recline their seats on short and long haul flights and when they did, it was mainly during night-time.

"Interestingly, the younger generation consisting of 18-24 year olds said they would recline their seats only when the person in front did," it said.

It further said 38 per cent of women felt that airlines should enforce set times for reclining one's seat on short and long haul flights as compared to 33 per cent of their male counterparts.

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