Source: USA TODAY
Airline passengers say they’d rather sit next to a crying baby than a smelly adult.
That’s just one of the findings in a new Harris Poll that looks at how fliers who take at least one trip a year feel about certain perks and annoyances when traveling.
“Travelers have been dealing with increasing airline prices and add-on fees for the past few years,” Mike de Vere, President of The Harris Poll, says in a release. “We wanted to find out which amenities people were willing to open up their wallets for, and discovered that while many consider added comfort and entertainment to be worth shelling out for, nearly two in five would give up personal boundaries to avoid carry-on baggage fees.”
Despite gripes about add-on charges, 58% of those surveyed in the Harris Poll claim they’d be willing to pay extra for more legroom on flights of three hours or more. That number falls to just 33% for flights of two hours or less.
As for those “personal boundaries,” 50% of those surveyed said an annoying, talkative seatmate would be worthwhile trade-off if it also came with more room to stretch out. Sixty-three percent say a stinky adult would be a more off-putting seatmate than one holding a crying baby. And more than a third (39%) of those surveyed say it’d would be preferable to let a stranger fall asleep on their shoulder during a flight than to have to pay the airline a fee for carry-on bags.
Elsewhere, when asked about to name the two “most important amenities” when flying, 53% say snagging a window or aisle seat was a priority while 35% mentioned “extra legroom.” And more than half (55%) say they’d rather have free WiFi than free TV or movies on a flight.
And for all the airlines hoping their multi-billion dollar orders for new aircraft will help sway customers, only 37% of those in the Harris Poll say they’d be willing to play more for flights on newer planes.
The Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between March 13 and 18 and focused on Americans who say travel by commercial airline once or more per year. The complete results and polling details can be found at the Harris Interactive website.