Who is your passenger from hell?

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February 13, 2018
Smelly passengers are the most annoying
Smelly passengers top our list as the most annoying and inconsiderate

Who is your passenger from hell? We want to know!

An incredible 40 percent of air travelers feel a sense of air rage or serious annoyance at the inconsideration of some passengers.

So, what is your worst nightmare on a flight?

The very inconsiderate passenger reclining into your face for an entire flight or the out of control child running amok in the cabin or kicking your seat or perhaps the smelly passenger on a 15-hour flight?

The editors at AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety, and product rating website, have listed their 10 worst passenger types with the smelly passenger leaping into first place from our last survey, followed by seat recliner and the inconsiderate parent topping the list as the most hated.

Now we want to know what tops our reader’s nightmare list.


We have dubbed these worst three, Smellus Incredibilus, Reclinus Maximus and Parentus Slapdashii as they are almost a new species.

Passengers who recline their seats
Reclinus Maximus is the second most annoying passengers according to our editors.

Another irritation is Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically has become more of a problem as passengers get larger or wider at armrest level.

Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip!

Making our number six is Bladder Incredibilus who for some bizarre reason always seems to request the window seat.

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Bladder not only affects the passengers in the same row but also the ones in front as he or she inevitably uses the seatbacks as a steadier.

At number seven, Carry-on Greedicus and we can’t decide if Greedicus is stupid, arrogant or just plain inconsiderate. Maybe he’s – or she is – all three.

A Passenger who grabs both armrests is very annoying
Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically has become more of a problem as passengers get larger or wider at armrest level.

Greedicus is typically seated in row 30 or 40 but thoughtlessly — particularly in the US — dumps the carry-on bag which is way too large and too heavy in row 2’s overhead bin, rather than carry it all the way down the back.

This, of course, causes chaos for passengers boarding after him.

Holding down number eight position is High-and-Mighticus, who is almost always bathed in self-glory. This tiresome traveler sees the overhead reading light more as a spotlight on their own special opening night stage rather than as reading aids.

You will often hear Mighticus demanding before you see him and that tone will continue all flight.

At number nine DVT – Avoidus would be funny if they were not so irritating.

A real tell-tale sign of this trait is the traveller going through their yoga or tai chi routine in the boarding lounge.

Once on board, they spend the entire trip doing arm stretches and leg raisers bumping the back of your seat or elbowing you in the head or shoulder.

A passenger who talks continually is boring
Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip

The final irritating passenger is Window Hoggus who takes the window seat and immediately after take-off pulls down the window shade and goes to sleep denying fellow passengers a view.

And there is a dark side to these characters’ thoughtlessness in that it fuels air rage.

It is impossible to get accurate figures but one reliable estimate puts the air rage incidents count in the US alone as 10,000 a year.

Extrapolated across the globe the number of air rage incidents could top 40,000 a year.

Another survey of frequent flyers found that an incredible 40 percent of passengers felt a sense of rage or annoyance on a flight.

And it’s no longer just one passenger causing grief.