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Travel etiquette: Switching airplane seats and bad behavior explored in survey

A new survey on travel etiquette found that some travelers would go out of their way to be accommodating to others -- but not everyone feels the same.

The results from the survey by travel agency company Travel Leaders Group showed that if asked to switch seats on an airplane so a family or couple can sit together, 45.3 percent of travelers said they would move "regardless of what kind of seat it was."

But 34.5 percent said they would move only if it were not a middle seat. Others had specific requirements for either an aisle seat, window seat, extra leg room or a seat closer to the front.

And 1.2 percent said they wouldn't move for any reason.

Among the other survey questions: "If you saw an airline passenger mistreating a member of the flight crew, what would you do?"

Nearly 60 percent said they would call another flight attendant to handle the situation, while 21.1 percent said they would step in and say something to the passenger.

Another 13.7 percent said they would "Pull out a cell phone and record it." And 12.5 percent said they wouldn't take any action, or would "Sit quietly and say nothing, even though it bothers me."


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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.