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Two out of three people say it's OK to take off your shoes mid-flight (and other holiday travel tidbits)

Posted: 10:24 PM, Dec 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 06:04:26Z
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DENVER -- Sixty-four percent of people say it's fine to take your shoes off during a flight. Crazy, right?

Well get this: 20 percent say it's cool if you ditch your socks, too. (Whaaaaat?) Weirder yet, 36 percent of us say reclining airline seats should be banned.

These are just a few of the findings from a new survey on "Top Travel Annoyances." Genfare, a transportation logistics company, released the report this week.

Among the other highlights:

  • Most fliers aren't looking for new friends. Fifty-seven percent of people surveyed said they don't want to talk to their seatmate, compared to 33 percent who "view flying as a way to meet someone new."
  • People really don't like getting their seat kicked. Fifty-four percent of fliers ranked "getting seat kicked" among their top annoyances. The No. 2 annoyance -- "crying baby or child" -- was only listed by 27 percent of survey respondents.
  • Headphones are a flier's best friend. Thirty-seven percent of people put on headphones to leave an uncomfortable conversation, while 35 percent put on headphones as a way to deal with an annoying passenger.
  • Non-service dogs don't bother many people. Only 2 percent of survey respondents listed "non-service dogs" as a top annoyance.