The most stressful parts of air travel revealed

Holidays are meant to be relaxing but according to this study many flyers find the process stressful.

Person standing at an airport window whilst their plane takes off

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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    SuziJ
    9th Nov 2019
    12:59pm
    Why worry about overweight luggage when you can get a digital luggage scale from $9 @ the Reject Shop and weigh your luggage before you even set off on your journey to the airport.

    I'll never drive to any airport if there's a public transport option, nor will I get off the train at either of Sydney's airport train stations - there's up to $15 surcharge just for the privilege, as they're privately owned.

    There's more options than the train. There's buses from Burwood via Campsie & Rockdale to Eastgardens via the airport (Route 420), or from Bondi Junction to Terminal 1 via the eastern suburbs and Mascot (Route 400). There's also the option of getting the train to Mascot, getting off and walking up a slight incline to Subway and then across the road and catching the same bus numbers into the airport from there.

    I understand this is for Sydney, but there may be other options at other airports around the country.
    Tanker
    9th Nov 2019
    1:11pm
    Melbourne airport is hard to get to especially during busy times. The design of the road access to the airport is really bad with pedestrian crossings in the access roadway with limited drop-off spaces.
    In the recent changes to the carparking a huge amount of space, on the ground floor, has been allocated to car rental companies making those spots the closest to the airport. I have never seen that in any other airport I have visited.
    The talk of a train to the airport is being bandied around again with politicians squabbling over the route it should take. Why don't these clowns stop playing politics and actually work together to achieve the desired result for the taxpayers.
    Tanker
    9th Nov 2019
    1:11pm
    Melbourne airport is hard to get to especially during busy times. The design of the road access to the airport is really bad with pedestrian crossings in the access roadway with limited drop-off spaces.
    In the recent changes to the carparking a huge amount of space, on the ground floor, has been allocated to car rental companies making those spots the closest to the airport. I have never seen that in any other airport I have visited.
    The talk of a train to the airport is being bandied around again with politicians squabbling over the route it should take. Why don't these clowns stop playing politics and actually work together to achieve the desired result for the taxpayers.
    Mac
    9th Nov 2019
    4:46pm
    The worst part of air travel are travelling to Melbourne airport, negotiating your way around inside Melbourne airport and exiting Melbourne airport to come home. Traffic is horrendous at most times of the day. Once you are on board the plane, it is most relaxing in comparison. When reaching holiday destination and enjoying holiday it is great. But then you have the return journey with the necessity of using airports again.
    Mac
    9th Nov 2019
    4:51pm
    Forgot to mention the weighing of luggage given my physical limitations. Lifting a packed suitcase attached to a digital luggage scale is also followed up by standing on the scale with suitcase in hand, deducting body weight from total to arrive at luggage weight. Wondering if I have calculated accurately and breathing a sigh of relief when weighed at the airport.
    bandy
    9th Nov 2019
    7:00pm
    I think that missing a connecting flight when you know you only have ! to 2 hrs to connect & your flight was delayed arriving!!
    BTM
    9th Nov 2019
    8:34pm
    I'm with you there bandy, landed in Munich last year transiting to Rome, those customs officials are unbelievable, they held four of us up as they decided whether they would pull some poor solo woman travellers stroller apart to look for drugs, talk about sons of the Gestapo!
    BTM
    9th Nov 2019
    8:34pm
    I'm with you there bandy, landed in Munich last year transiting to Rome, those customs officials are unbelievable, they held four of us up as they decided whether they would pull some poor solo woman travellers stroller apart to look for drugs, talk about sons of the Gestapo!
    Hardworker
    10th Nov 2019
    11:40am
    If you mainly travel with the same company, APT in particular, the more trips you go on brings your level with that company up then you are entitled to transfers to and from the airport and sometimes before and after accommodation as well. I know they are one of the most expensive travel companies but when you add up all the time it takes you to organize your own transfers, the inconvenience and cost etc. sometimes you are just better off saving up and paying the money. It's always a little scary when you are on your own and land in an unfamiliar airport and have to find your way around even when the signage is good but you get used to it. It is best if you can look up a whole lot of information on the internet before you go and get to know what's where and what it is going to look like from floor plans and photographs. It is possible and I have done it many times.


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