French and Italian travelers do not seem to mind small talk with a stranger, but the Americans and the Germans were not so receptive.
Taking a flight usually means sitting next to strangers, and it can be difficult to know what the etiquette is for the travelers when it comes to chat with (or ignore) your neighbor’s. British Airways asked the 1,500 travelers from the united states, the united kingdom, Germany, France and Italy over the question of whether you should — or not — chat with your neighbor on a flight.
Overall, 83 percent of travelers agreed that saying hello and giving a smile to your neighbor is acceptable and appropriate when taking a flight.
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Among the respondents in the U.S., what should be discussed was a major concern, and 42 percent say that it is not acceptable to share personal stories. Everyone who is confronted with an oversharer on their flight, politely thank the person, then apologize by putting on the headphones, the respondents. Another way to get out of a tricky retaining mid-flight, according to the travelers from the united kingdom, is the step to the toilet.
A majority of travelers from Europe were opened to the confrontation with their seatmates: Eighty percent of the Italian respondents said that small talk is suitable, during a flight, and half of the French respondents said that the flights are a great place to make new friends.
More than half of the respondents suggested to put a headset on to quell chatter of a talkative flyer.
When it came to the German travelers, 85 percent said that they would just acknowledge their neighbor with a “hi” and leave it at that.
What to do if your neighbor the conversation is making you uncomfortable, 53 percent said that it is necessary to switch seats (but you should check with the cabin crew before you do that).