Melbourne: It looks like air rage stories are nothing but a myth, for travellers portrayed themselves as paragons of politeness in a new study.
In an anonymous survey of over 1500 people conducted by Travelocity in the US, all air travellers insisted that they are caring and considerate, reports News.com.au.
The survey covered a range of etiquette dilemmas including reclining seats, elbow wars and the use of mobile phones.
As many as 59 per cent of travellers said that they only partially recline their seats out of consideration for the person behind, with only 18 per cent saying they fully recline without asking.
A whopping 93 per cent said they go out of their way to help fellow passengers store heavy bags.
Meanwhile 64 per cent said they climb over their seatmates to go to the bathroom rather than waking them. While, sixty per cent say they always wipe the bathroom sink after use.
Eighty-one per cent turn off their mobile phone when told to instead of berating the flight attendant.
When it comes to seat swapping 34 per cent said they will always switch places to allow companions to sit together, while 46 per cent said they would move only if the seat they``re changing to is as good or better.
Travelocity`s Genevieve Shaw Brown said, "You hear these nightmare stories. I was surprised at how polite people claim to be."