As TMZ is fond of saying, “who’d you rather”? So who would you rather sit next to, a screaming baby or an odorous fellow flyer?
Listen as Rick Seaney explains, this is a total no-brainer:
Close to two-thirds of those surveyed in a new Harris Poll say they’d choose the weeping infant every time. But that wasn’t the poll’s biggest surprise.
Surprise: One-Third Never Fly
Of the 2,200-plus U.S. adults polled in the respected Harris organization’s poll, 33% said they never fly. More than twice that many (37%) say the fly at least once a year or more. And what do the more frequent flyers among us want more than anything? Space – in the right seat.
What Do Flyers Want
Almost 60% of those polled said they’d be willing to pay more for extra legroom on a long flight. Here are the highlights of what passengers say they would shell out for:
- Extra legroom, flights 3 hours or longer: 58%
- Avoiding a middle seat: 53%
- Seatback entertainment system on longer flights: 47%
- In-flight Wi-Fi on longer flights: 44%
Most the most important amenity overall – without factoring fees into the mix – was getting a window or aisle seat, period.
Unusual Seatmate Choices
An unintentionally hilarious aspect of the poll was a series of statements in which travelers could opt for agree or disagree. The highlights:
|“I would rather be seated next to a crying baby than a smelly adult.”||
|“It would be worth having a chatty seatmate to be in a seat with extra legroom.”||
|“I would rather have the stranger next to me sleep on my shoulder than have to pay for carry-on baggage.”||
The Drool Factor
FareCompare was mildly shocked (and vastly amused) to find almost 40% of respondents were willing to have a stranger sleep on them in return for any benefit at all. One wonders if these travelers have given any thought to the drool factor.