Nearly Half of Respondents Would Decline to Switch Seats When Asked While Most
Don’t Think Twice About Reclining in Flight, According to Travelocity’s
SOUTHLAKE, Texas, April 14 /PRNewswire/ — Relying on the kindness of
strangers may be a thing of the past, at least when you’re on the road, as up
to 40 percent of travelers feel it’s unnecessary to oblige when asked by a
fellow passenger to switch seats, according to a Travelocity survey.
Furthermore, the poll found that a large group of travelers may themselves be
the culprits of sporting what many consider “rude” behaviors such as excessive
cell phone usage or those who fully recline their seats in flight.
Why does this matter? According to Travelocity’s first survey conducted
in December 2003 with public opinion research organization Public Agenda, the
majority considered rudeness a serious issue in travel, and travel was
considered always stressful by nearly 30 percent of participants. Often
times, fellow travelers were considered the ones to blame for high stress
levels. As a follow-up to Travelocity’s study released last December,
Travelocity delved more deeply into traveler behaviors and found that chivalry
often takes the back seat.
“Travelocity is committed to making life on the road better and we can all
play a part in that,” says Amy Ziff, Travelocity editor-at-large. “Important
first steps include being aware of your surroundings, knowing how your actions
may be perceived and avoiding rude behaviors when on the road. Whether it’s
by yielding passage or keeping cellular usage to a minimum, you can make a
The latest poll conducted in March 2004 consisted of responses from
approximately 1,300 Travelocity members to obtain information about travelers’
attitudes with regard to specific behavior while traveling.
Key survey results included: -- When asked by a fellow airplane passenger to switch seats on a plane: -- 42 percent feel no obligation at all to oblige -- Nearly 5 percent consider it rude to even be asked -- When asked to describe their mobile phone usage, nearly 20 percent of respondents reported using their phones "frequently, as long as the airline permitted it" or "until a flight attendant asked them to turn it off." -- Nearly 10 percent felt that it was unnecessary to try to even keep their voices down, keep calls to a minimum or end their phone calls if it seemed to bother those around them. -- Thirty-two percent of those surveyed reported reclining their airplane seats all the way either "frequently" or "all the time."
According to Ziff, some travelers are even taking defensive actions. With
the release of the somewhat controversial knee-defender device now on the
market, travelers are able to prevent those in front of them from reclining at
“It’s interesting to know that common courtesy toward your fellow
travelers can have such an impact on the overall travel experience and that
some are oblivious to the effects of their behaviors in transit,” said Ziff.
Following are some quick tips from Ziff that can help make the journey
better for travelers and those around them. For more travel tips, trends and
data, visit www.travelocity.com/atoz .
-- Limit cell phone usage, and remember you are in a public space. So, try to keep your voice down when you use it. -- Space is limited when you're on the road, so try to keep belongings within your own limits. And, remember to pack light to avoid using others' designated space. -- Learn the rules at the airports in advance so you can move through security with ease and avoid slowing down fellow travelers if possible. Additional survey results were as follows: -- When the seat behind them is occupied, 33 percent of respondents did NOT think it was rude to recline their seats, while nearly 46 percent believed it was rude only if they reclined all the way. -- When asked about the likelihood of using inappropriate language in public, responses were as follows: -- Nearly 20 percent said they would use inappropriate language when angry or frustrated -- About 5 percent responded that they would if it came up as part of their conversation -- Only about 2 percent were extremely likely About the Travelocity Rudeness Poll
The Travelocity study was fielded from Feb. 26 through and including March
8, 2004 via a survey of Travelocity members who have traveled in the previous
12 months to obtain information about travelers’ attitudes with regard to
specific behavior while traveling. Results were accumulated from more than
1,300 responses received. Additional results can be found at
www.travelocity.com/rudenesspoll2 . To reference the Dec. 2003 survey, visit
Travelocity(R), with 41 million registered users, booked nearly $4 billion
of travel in 2003. Every day Travelocity negotiates thousands of great travel
deals with the world’s most reputable airlines, hotels, car rental companies,
cruise lines, ground transportation providers, and popular destination
attractions such as theme parks, ski resorts and theaters. Additionally,
Travelocity offers access to special rates for weekend getaways and dynamic
packages through its Last Minute Deals and TotalTrip(SM) shopping engines, and
provides customer service support over the phone 24 hours a day.
Travelocity’s industry-leading technology and wealth of straight-talking,
honest information allows travelers to make informed decisions and have more
rewarding travel experiences. Through Travelocity Business(SM), companies can
better manage business travel, lowering costs and expanding options for
travelers, while the Travelocity Partner Network(SM) further distributes
Travelocity’s products through an array of channels.
Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also powers international travel
Web sites in seven languages and has been recognized worldwide for its
consumer advocacy and global leadership in online travel. More information
about Travelocity is available at www.travelocity.com . Travelocity is owned
by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.
More information about Sabre Holdings is available at www.sabre-holdings.com .
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