Are you a candidate for most-hated passenger on the plane? If you’re guilty of any of the following bad habits, you’ll likely be the subject of disdainful glares, sanctimonious whispers, and violent revenge fantasies on your next flight. In keeping with our week of lists,  here are 10 signs that you’re the human embodiment of all that is wrong with modern air travel. Once again, thanks to Janice from Yahoo! Travel for allowing the sharing of this list with PMttP readers!

You Smell  – Where are your shoes? If they are not fastened to the ends of your legs, then there is a problem. Don’t tell me that your feet don’t smell, because according to an extensive body of scientific research, the majority of people with smelly feet are completely unaware that they have smelly feet. And it’s more than just your naked extremities: From supersonic farts to smelly snacks to bad breath, there are untold ways to offend the olfactory nerves of your fellow flyers. If you or your belongings emit a perceptible odor, we can pretty much guarantee that everyone in the neighboring rows wants you to go away forever.

Your Kid Is Out of Control – The polite tolerance of screaming babies is a generally accepted part of the social contract. A baby can’t help screeching like a cat being murdered. Babies cry; this we understand. Out-of-control seven-year-olds are another matter altogether. If your kid is old enough to read (and doesn’t live with a sensory-processing disorder or other medical impairment), he or she is expected to follow basic commands such as, “Don’t touch that lady’s hair.” Otherwise, your failings as a parent will be noticeable to everyone on the plane.

You’re Captain Grabby Hands – If you grab the seat in front of you every time you get up, you are the worst. There’s not much more to say about this. Flying is uncomfortable enough without having your seat pulled back and released like a slingshot at unexpected moments. Don’t touch anyone’s seat unless you’re about to fall and it’s the only way to prevent a face-plant on the drink cart.

You’re Doing Things That Should Only Be Done in Private – Use your imagination here. This could include anything from picking at your bare feet to examining your split ends. You might think that your seatmate doesn’t notice that you’re scratching at the scab on your arm throughout the flight. But trust us—he does. And it’s making him uncomfortable.

Check out the final six signs from Smarter Travel here.

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Ms. M March 20, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Could not have said it better myself.

It would be great if the airlines would add this to their safety demonstration.

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Shannon March 20, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Ms. M that’s a brilliant idea! Unfortunately a lot of people don’t realize that they are offensive. I was a seat grabber unintentionally for years.

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Grad March 20, 2014 - 2:01 pm

I don’t know why there is such a big fuss over bare feet if they are clean (don’t automatically assume everybody has smelly feet, there are people who wash their feet 5 times a day). It can enable a person to relax after a hectic day having shoes on since morning

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Alex July 29, 2014 - 3:08 pm

The vast majority of people do NOT wash their feet five times a day and if one has been wearing shoes all day, those bare feet are likely to stink. Its disgusting to take off one’s shoes and socks in public. Is this hard to understand?

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