Passengers sneezing or coughing without covering their mouth, poor personal hygiene and putting feet on the seats are the three most annoying traits in fellow travellers, according to a new YouGov survey.
YouGov, the world’s leading online market research firm, asked over 9,000 public transport users in Asia Pacific what they hoped to avoid on their journey.
Older travellers are more likely to be annoyed by passengers talking loudly on their phones – 42% of those aged 55+ cited this as one of their top three most irritating experiences while just 33% of 16-24-year-olds felt the same way.
There are also some regional variations in what annoys public transport users. Those in the Philippines are most concerned with poor personal hygiene (69%), whereas Thais are the least concerned (35%).
Using bad language is a particular problem in Vietnam, where the number of those annoyed by bad language (47%) is almost double the regional average (25%).
Residents of Hong Kong are nearly twice as likely to be annoyed by hearing loud music coming from fellow travellers’ mobiles than others; 21% find it annoying, compared to 11% regionally.