Travelers from these US states have the worst airplane etiquette


Sitting next to someone with poor airplane etiquette can easily ruin your flight, and the US state you’re flying from can determine that.

From the seat in front of you leaning on your lap to a passenger holding both armrests (and not sitting in the middle seat), there are a number of behaviors that can bother your fellow travelers. In a recent report from Solitaire Bliss, 78% of 2,002 Americans surveyed in April said they feel air travel etiquette has deteriorated in recent years.

Participants listed the most common inconsiderate behaviors they have seen at airports and on airplanes: people folding back seats without asking, loudly using phones in the terminal and placing bags on terminal seats.

The survey asked what bad behavior people had seen and whether they had committed these air travel offenses – and many admitted that they had. Because respondents came from all U.S. states, the report determined the states with the most polite and inconsiderate fliers. (Yes, these are general statements, and both good and bad flyers are everywhere.) The states were ranked on a scale of 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating a greater tendency among travelers from that state to have poor air travel etiquette. to have.

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“As the summer season approaches here, we will see an influx of stories in the media circuit about poor passenger behavior and airline issues,” Assaf Cohen, founder of Solitaire Bliss, said in an emailed statement to USA TODAY. “Along with common behaviors such as taking a seat in the terminal with a bag, or leaning back from a seat without asking, one in eight passengers report witnessing a physical altercation.”

Read below to find the top five states with the best and worst travel etiquette.

States with the Worst Travel Etiquette

5. Georgia



2. Illinois

1. Iowa

With the highest score of 94.29, respondents in Iowa were most guilty of poor travel etiquette, such as putting their bags on terminal seats and passing gas on the plane. Virginia’s top bad habits while flying included placing their luggage on the terminal seats, not putting their phones on airplane mode, and reclining their seats without asking. In Illinois, one in four residents admitted to ignoring the seat belt sign while flying.

States with the Best Travel Etiquette

5. Kansas

4. Ohio

3. Florida



Call it “Southern hospitality” or “Midwest nice,” but the states that reported the least rude flying behavior were in the South and Midwest. Arkansas stole the top spot because it had the most well-mannered passengers – or at least the ones who didn’t admit to their transgressions.

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected].