Smelly passengers top the list of passenger peeves on train journeys according to the latest research from a leading train company.
The study found that while noisy mobile phones are the number one source of rail-rage, passengers are more likely to vent their irritation if other people's smelly odours became overwhelming.
CrossCountry found that 53 per cent of participants are most aggravated by passengers talking loudly on their mobile phones, yet just one third (36 per cent) would pluck up the courage to move away from noisy carriage-mates.
On the other hand, poor hygiene proved enough to tip the balance with two thirds (64 per cent) of people opting to move seats if the person sitting next to them smelt of cigarettes or strong body odour.
Other top scoring irritations were music blaring from passengers' headphones with 44 per cent of travellers listing the invasive beats as their top irritation whereas more than half (58 per cent) would be forced out of their seat if someone was kicking the back of their chair.
According to the survey children also pushed passengers' tolerance levels to the limit with almost a third (29 per cent) admitted that they were annoyed when passengers allowed their children to run through the carriage and only a quarter of those surveyed would be willing to give up their seat for passengers with children.
>So how do we compare regionally?
- People in the North East are the least tolerant of passengers talking loudly on their mobile phones, with two thirds (62 per cent) saying this is their top gripe.
- Passengers in Yorkshire are much less perturbed by those having loud conversations with friends, with just 12 per cent rating their noisy carriage mates as a top irritation. This figure doubled in the West Midlands, annoying a quarter of passengers.
- People were collectively intolerant of smelly passengers though with the figure rising to almost 75 per cent in the East Midlands – with the majority of passengers willing to move seats if they were sitting next to somebody who smelt of cigarettes or strong body odour.
- 40 per cent of Passengers in the South West are annoyed by litter, making them the least tolerant of passengers who leave their rubbish behind.
- Scottish passengers emerged as the most compassionate, with 78 per cent willing to give a fellow passenger their spare change if they were struggling to pay for an on board drink or snack.
David Burton, Senior Conductor from CrossCountry, said: "It's not surprising to see that the most common gripes amongst passengers are music blaring through headphones and people talking loudly on their mobiles; quite often passengers miss the announcements as they board the train because they are chatting away on the phone.
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