Perhaps the most awkward interaction while flying is approaching other passengers in your row when you need to use the bathroom – particularly when you’re in the window seat. Compare the Market found that while around half of the population asks others to stand and let them out, as many as one-quarter of all respondents in Australia, Canada and America try to squeeze past other passengers while they are still seated. That’s a lot of uncomfortable squirming!
Of all three counties, Australians are the most likely to stay seated and hold onto their urge for fear of asking others to move, represented by 12.3% of the population. North Americans, in general, are a lot bolder in this regard, as only 6.4% of Canadians and 8.7% of Americans will avoid speaking to others.
Fear of asking others to move is particularly embedded in female youth aged 18-24 years.
Young Australian females are around twice as likely to hold on and avoid using the bathroom than other demographics.
It’s a similar story in Canada, although not quite as severe. The United States is the only country where young adults aren’t afraid of asking others to move and let them out of the row. On the contrary, the older generation (65+ years old) are the most likely age group to ask others to stay seated as they attempt to squeeze past their knees.