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Reclining seats, manspreading, bags on seats: What really irks travelers?

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By Alex Halverson, SeattlePI

Commuting or traveling, it doesn't matter. Both involve surrounding yourself with strangers and their breaches of unwritten social conduct.

But sometimes people are just unaware. Whether it's the man who took his shoes off on the plane or the woman who leaned up against a bus pole in a crowded bus, sometimes people travel in their own little bubble.

So Genfare released a survey with the top annoyances for air travel, public transportation and ride sharing all ranked based off percentages of responses. There were some duplicates throughout the three lists like loud and talkative strangers, but each list had a different winner.

The survey also broke down some preferences for air travel. The percentage of people who were fine with no shoes on a flight? Sixty-four percent. But that number plummeted when it came to no socks -- just a 20 percent approval rating.

It wasn't just annoyances on a plane that the survey broke down. Respondents were asked about their sleep habits on a plane. Seventy-five percent of those asked said they were able to sleep on a plane, while 34 percent said they needed a pill or drink to fall asleep.

A minority also struck down the option of reclining. Thirty-six percent said that reclining seats should be banned.

A majority of those surveyed preferred to be left alone on a flight. Fifty-seven percent said they don't like talking to a seatmate, and the most popular remedy for a talkative neighbor was to put on headphones.

And yes, the survey did inquire about mile-high club membership. Twelve percent said they've been"intimate" on a plane.

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