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Revealed: The perfect airline passenger

November 13, 2012, 9:21 amYahoo!7

A survey of more than 700 international cabin crew members has revealed the perfect airline passenger, and it's a surprising result.


A survey of more than 700 international cabin crew members in 85 countries by leading flight comparison site Skyscanner has revealed their perfect airline passenger, and it's a surprising result.

The perfect passenger according to cabin crew is male, he travels alone for pleasure rather than business and is in his 30's. And, sorry Beckham but he's not a celebrity, or at least not one who’d travel premium class as economy passengers top the perfect passenger survey.

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Seen by many as one of the most glamorous and desirable jobs, cabin crew are in the unique position to meet and greet people from all walks of life. However, with nearly 3 million people sitting in the sky every day, some regular habits and requests can understandably get under their skin more than others.

According to the survey, the biggest gripe for a quarter of cabin crew (26%) is passengers who click their fingers at them to get their attention. Other annoying habits at 30,000ft include the scramble to leave the plane before the seat belt signs are switched off (13%), passengers trying to cram too much hand baggage in the overhead lockers (11%) and one in ten find their pet peeve is passengers who talk through the safety demonstration, suggesting that many frequent flyers do not pay attention in spite of increasing requests by cabin staff to do to. Stuffing rubbish in the seat compartments (7%) also completed the list.

Skyscanner's Sam Poullain said: “This is the first time that we've surveyed international cabin crew and the findings give us a real insight into what they really think of passengers. And the results were certainly not what we expected. Contrary to stereotypes, it’s interesting to see that it’s the men who get the vote for the perfect passenger, while cabin crew prefer to work in economy rather than premium class."

The Perfect Passenger is:
• Male
• Travelling alone
• Age 31-40
• Sitting in Economy

• Reason for travel: leisure

Top passenger peeves:
1. Clicking fingers to get your attention - 26%
2. Leaving seat at the end before the light goes off - 13%
3. Stuffing too many bags into overhead locker - 11%
4. Complaining there’s no space for their bag in the locker - 10%
5. Talking through the safety demo - 9%
6. Asking for more blankets/pillows - 8%
7. Stuffing rubbish in the seat pocket - 7%
8. Asking for a different meal - 6%
9. Ringing the attendant bell to complain about temperature - 6%

10. Asking for a specific brand of drink - 4%

What do you think of the results?

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  1. Zeus01:53am Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    although i travel for work i hit the perfect passenger list WooooHoooo

  2. Rob09:36pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    My gripe is waiting for the meal cart to get to you then they run out of food and ages later they start and miss you. The only way to get something is to make a noise or your left out.

  3. Stella Mk 201:09pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Asking for an extra pillow / blanket is one of their pet peeves ? Isn't it their job to get those things for passengers ? Get over it and do your jobs !

  4. Meg12:17pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Of course Economy pax would be more perfect than business or first. You get a cheap fare and are grateful even to be spoken to. They are the least demanding. Business Class - 3 - 4 times more than Economy but you do not get 3 - 4 times better service - hence more demanding. Men do not like to make a fuss and will sit and put up with things whereas women wont. Wonder what the questions were. As for turning up or down the heat - have you not ever frozen or died of the heat on a flight. Asking for another blanket or a second pillow is not an unreasonable request, except half the time the airlines dont carry enough for even one each and in Economy these are minute. We pay for a service be it Economy or Business so why is it unacceptable to ask for something. I to am sick of cabin crew talking down to you, which they do especially if you are female and over 60. Just remember anyone with any brains is in some sort of professional job - not a glorified attendant.

  5. icare12:10pm Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Warranted peeves but how else do we get an extra pillow or blanket if we dont ask? Cabin crew have a lot to put up with and no escape their stuck on the plane with the annoying passenger(s) clicking your fingers at them is just pure disrespect. Jet star cabin crew I found wern't friendly I was to intimidated to ask for anything not that I usually do, I guess they think cheap flights cheap services eye rolling, huffing and puffing, sticking their noses in the air and walking straight past you with the cart was some of the treatments I saw passenger get. Wont fly jet star again sorry.

  6. Paul09:48am Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why don't they survey the passengers on who their favorite type of Cabin Crew are?

  7. pieter u307:41am Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I try to be polite and reasonable in many situations where I am waited on by someone. However I do not see why airline cabin crew seem to regard themselves as semi-divine or special more so than the waiters in my local restaurant. If there is an emergency chances are everyone will panic anyway and the cabin crew will be crushed in the chaos which ensues. While I'm here I'd like to ask if we can ban all kiddies from travelling by air unless they are kept in the cargo hold with the pets. That's fair.... isn't it? Eh?? Yes....???

  8. Mike03:22am Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    A fruit attendant used my shoulder to climb up on the opposide of the aisle to reach into the back of the overhead compartment.He kicked me twice and walked away,I called him back and made him apologise twice,once for each kick.He looked at me as though he didn`t know he did it.I asked him what he thought he was using as traction to get up that high,the other attendants laughed.My advice,never never never fly United Airways.

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  10. notamews10:52pm Tuesday 13th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Best flight ever was in January with Qantas. I was emergency seat in charge passenger. The crew were the best ever. So professional. I have never enjoyed myself so much. They made me feel part of the crew. Thankyou Qantas. I mentioned to the flight crew on the way out. "Best flight Best crew" Can't believe some passengers and what they think is cabin luggage. Worst cabin crew are Virgin. Rudest staff I have ever had the misfortune to fly with.