Florida International University study explores passenger behavior

Florida International University has released findings from associate professor Ryan C. Meldrum´s academic research that identifies individual factors to explain airline passenger behavior, the university said.

Appearing in The Social Science Journal, Meldrum´s study is based on data he collected from 750 adults across the United States to determine whether imprudent airline passenger behavior might be explained by certain demographic and personality traits.

The study demonstrated imprudent behavior most often came from passengers who were male, were less seasoned fliers and scored themselves higher on self-centeredness. These results are consistent with studies showing that men are more likely to engage in antisocial and risky behavior than women in general. This study links a lack of self-control to patterns of airline passenger behavior.

The study offers initial evidence that there are measurable factors that predispose certain people to be less than pleasant when flying.