The most stressful parts of air travel

I saw a tweet yesterday that read “My idea of a relaxing plane trip is getting to the airport three hours early so I can sit at the departure gate and worry about missing my plane from there”. It got me thinking about how many of us experience this type of anxiety – or in my case, dread – around air travel?

A study by priority pass has revealed that travellers feel most stressed before they even reach the airport. Fears of traffic and public transport complications have 63 per cent of people most worried about simply making it to the airport.

people rushing around a busy airport

Three out of five people are concerned they’ll miss their flight or lose their passport. The study found that men are twice as likely to forget their passports than women. Only one in 10 travellers have ever actually missed a flight, while 19 per cent of travellers confessed that they have been caught in the past with their luggage over the weight limit, making this one of the most realistic airport fears.

Shockingly some people are more worried about losing their luggage (61 per cent) than losing their child (41 per cent), according to Forbes.

What do you most worry about then flying? How long do you give yourself to get to your flight?

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Written by Liv Gardiner

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