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Japanese have high tolerance for obnoxious airline passengers: Expedia survey

by Kantaro Komiya

Contributing Writer

If an airline passenger snored, kicked the seats, left a child unattended or spoke loudly, Japanese passengers would probably stay silent and bear it, according to an online survey by Expedia.com.

According to the results of the two-month survey through March, 39 percent of Japanese would refrain from saying anything about an annoying passenger — the highest ratio logged among 18,229 participants from 23 countries.

The French responded with the second-highest ratio of 34 percent, followed by Singaporeans at 28 percent and Spaniards at 23 percent. India was the least patient, with only 11 percent saying they would refrain from speaking up, followed by South Koreans at 18 percent and Mexicans at 21 percent.

Even if it came to action, 54 percent of Japanese said they would just notify a flight attendant, with only a mere 5 percent willing to confront someone, it said.

Japanese are particularly patient with people who snore, the survey shows.

While 71 percent of Indian passengers believe it is acceptable to wake a snoring passenger, only 37 percent of Japanese agree, it said.

Queried on whether they ever ask people sitting in front of them to bring their seats forward, only 7 percent of Japanese said yes — the least of all nationalities surveyed.

As for what Japanese flyers consider a nuisance, 50 percent mentioned passengers who kick or grab the seat in front of them, the Expedia survey showed.

People with strong body odor or heavy perfume or cologne, parents who leave children unattended, and those who are loud or listen to loud music were also regarded nuisance passengers.

The survey also found that Japanese endeavor to avoid becoming nuisances to others, with more than half showing a preference for aisle seats, which Expedia Japan says is probably because they don’t want to trouble others when they get up.

Only 24 percent of Japanese would wake someone sleeping next to them to get into the aisle, the lowest of all nationalities. On the other hand, Hong Kongers topped the list at 60 percent, followed by Brazilians (59 percent) and Singaporeans (58 percent).

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