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Seat recliners, screaming children and rear-seat kickers are all part and parcel of flying, but what behaviors of your fellow fliers annoy the most?

Expedia's 2013 Airplane Etiquette Study, conducted on Expedia's behalf by Northstar, says that "inattentive parents" and "rear-seat kickers" are the most irritating aspects of flying, according to 41 percent and 38 percent of U.S. fliers respectively. So much so, that nearly half (49 percent) of fliers would pay extra to be seated in a designated "quiet zone," should airlines create them. A full 59 percent of respondents aged 34 and under would pay for this service.

In third place, passengers who forgot to use their deodorant infuriate 28 percent of passengers, and excessive drinkers annoy 26 percent of respondents.

However, the chatty person next to you also inspires dread in 73 percent of U.S. passengers. The majority said that a "little small talk" was fine, but most prefer to keep to themselves.

In stark contrast to keeping yourself to yourself, the overly amorous passenger aiming to join the "Mile High club" is also a perpetrator of the poor etiquette list. In addition, passengers who undress -- taking off their shoes and socks -- are considered offensive.

According to the survey, the top ten annoyances are as follows:

1. Inattentive Parents, 41 percent
2. Rear Seat Kicker, 38 percent
3. The Aromatic Passenger, 28 percent
4. The Boozer, 26 percent
5. Chatty Cathy, 23 percent
6. Audio Insensitive, 19 percent
7. Seat-back Guy, 13 percent
8. Carry-on Baggage Offenders, 13 percent
9. The Back-Seat Grabber, 12 percent
10. The Queue Jumper, 12 percent

Despite these findings, 84 percent of U.S. citizens said that for the most part, fellow passengers are considerate.

The research is based on 1001 U.S. passengers who have flown in the past five years, and the survey was completed between November 12 - 19 this year.

Via: Expedia

Image credit: Flickr

— By on December 9, 2013, 10:09 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure