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We’ve all had a brush in and suffered minor irritations from fellow passengers who refuse to put down their phones during flights. But now a study by Expedia has found that Malaysians find it hard to  separate from mobile phones on long haul flights.

Expedia released findings from their 2017 Airplane Etiquette Study which was conducted globally to explore passengers’ attitude when travelling on a plane. In Malaysia, the survey established that the majority of Malaysians found it harder to go without their mobile phones than cigarettes.

Scarily or encouragingly, depending on your point of view, cigarettes for smokers came after mobile phones, with 44 percent putting ahead of phones as hardest to quit on long haul flights.

Spouses and romantic partners of Malaysians, however, are very lucky – lucky to share the same spot with the precious mobile phone with 54% of the respondents finding it hardest to disconnect from their partners on long haul flights.

Quirky and overly fond of their mobile phones, Malaysians might be, but no one can say Malaysians are not thoughtful and considerate passengers.

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Based on the study, 78 percent would not recline their seats if the passenger behind was noticeably pregnant or elderly and frail. Similarly, 54% has offered their seat to a fellow passenger in need (e.g., a family member split from their group, an elderly passenger, a married couple not seated together), and only 3% has faked a sickness or injury to get a better seat assignment (aisle, window, upgrade).

Of all the ill behaviours one could experience on a flight, Malaysians are most annoyed by noise.  Despite our nature for loud chatter and laughter,  Malaysians like their peace and quiet.

The study also found that:

76 percent of respondents could not stand the Boozer – a disruptive, noisy passenger who imbibes in too many alcoholic beverages.

72 percent said they dread sitting next to someone who talks too much.

68 percent was irritated by parents travelling with loud children but were more forgiving of crying babies, at 46 percent.