British Airways Boeing 747

  • British Airways and ProdegeMR surveyed 1,500 travelers to get their thoughts on in-flight etiquette.
  • The survey covered the US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy.
  • The results of the survey form an unofficial rule books for in-flight behavior.

In almost everything we do there are a set of rules and regulations that are to be followed. The same goes for when we get on a plane.

However, the rules of etiquette for when we fly is bit more complicated in that its an activity that transcends virtually all nations, races, and cultures. Naturally, there are going to be conflicting views on the dos and don’t of in-flight etiquette.

Recently, British Airways teamed up with market research firm ProdegeMR to survey 1,500 travelers in the US, UK, France, Italy, and Germany. While the survey does not encompass all nations, it does reveal the opinions of flyers in five major aviation markets. Since all 1,500 people surveyed had either flown domestically or internationally within the past 12 months, consider this an unofficial rulebook for proper in-flight behavior.

Here’s a closer look the results of the British Airways study.

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Who owns the armrest?

First up, the survey tackles the age-old question of who owns the armrest. According to the survey, 67% of all respondents said the proper thing to do is to take one armrest and leave the other for your neighbor.

However, opinions diverge a bit different when it came to the middle seat. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed in the UK and 42% of those from the US said the middle seat passenger should get both arm rests. Read More Here