A recent survey by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) suggests that passengers' behaviour on board can be predicted by nationality.
The investigation found that passengers of different nationalities tend to act differently, according to approximately 1,500 people surveyed from eight countries - the US, UK, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Australia and Brazil. For example, Australians drink most on board, Americans tend to work, the British and Germans chat most, and Chinese travelers are big fans of sleeping, shopping and gaming.
The survey said that Chinese travelers are most likely to nod off once the seat belt sign switches off. When they are not busy sleeping and with in-flight gaming, they are also most likely to take out the credit card to shop.
Among those surveyed, Australians are the biggest boozers on board, with 36 per cent choosing alcohol drinks, compared to 35 per cent of Americans and 33 per cent of British.
Brazilians love to keep themselves busy with email, messaging apps and social media, and Americans make use of the time on board to deal with work.
The survey also found that British and German people are most likely to strike up conversations with nearby strangers, and they chat to strangers 50 per cent more than other nationalities.