Why does sitting on a plane turn you into a tetchy, grumpy version of your former self?
According to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it’s all down to one thing: first-class seats.
Research has found that air rage incidents are almost four times more likely to happen on planes with first-class cabins than those without them, and that 84% of air rage happens in economy class.
This is made worse by all the various reminders that you’re in a lower class seat: the booking process, the different queues, the added time spent waiting to board, and having to walk through first-class to reach your seat.
The answer? Try to focus on the joy of flying.
Remember how amazing it is that you’re in the air, and be conscious of the fact that you’re able to have dinner up in the clouds (even when you’re eating mouthfuls of dry rice).