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If you let your kids run wild during a hotel stay, you are the biggest violator of hotel etiquette, according to a survey of American travelers.

“Inattentive parents” were picked by 67 percent of the 1,022 American adults surveyed as the most aggravating hotel guests, followed by hotel guests who raise a ruckus in the hallways (64 percent) and people who berate hotel staff over minor inconveniences (54 percent), according to the online survey commissioned by the travel website Expedia.

The findings about unsupervised children should be no surprise. Surveys of airline travelers have routinely found that parents who don’t control their kids are among the most annoying etiquette violators on a plane, along with smelly fliers and passengers who kick the backs of the seats.

The latest Expedia survey also revealed other etiquette violations by hotel guests:

>> 26 percent of Americans say they have hoarded toiletries to take home.

>> 9 percent have squeezed more guests into a room without telling the hotel.

>> 6 percent have gone to the pool in the morning to place a towel on a chair to reserve a spot for later.

E-cigarettes banned from baggage

Add something to the list of things you can’t pack in your checked bag: electronic cigarettes.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a final rule prohibiting any battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices from being packed in a checked bag.

In addition, the federal agency has prohibited passengers and crew members from charging the devices or their batteries on the plane.

Why? E-cigarettes have been known to catch fire.

A federal study by the U.S. Fire Administration reported 25 incidents of fires or explosions caused by e-cigarettes from 2009 to 2014.

A checked bag that arrived late at Los Angeles International Airport in January and missed its connecting flight caught fire in the luggage area because of an overheated e-cigarette packed inside.

Passengers can still tote e-cigarettes in their carry-on bags or pockets but they can’t smoke them on the plane.

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Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times

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