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Airport stress levels

For families traveling to the airport this will be all to familiar..Airport stress levels

Parents with young children and babies have the most stressful experience at UK airports, according to a new poll.

More than three quarters of people surveyed (77%) said this was the case.

The research carried out among 1,000 people who had flown at least once in the last year also found that half of UK airport users are anxious about air travel – saying they feel rushed, stressed and worried.

Missing a flight or arriving late is the top anxiety for 37% of air travellers, with the figure rising to 44% for 55 to 64 year olds.

The research company traveldo also suggests that the UK is a nation with obsessive compulsive tendencies – four out of ten holiday makers admit to checking their travel documents up to four times before going away and 27% of women will check them five times or more. In Central England this figure goes as high as a third.

The Scots and Welsh are the most relaxed travellers with almost 60% saying they feel calm, relaxed and happy before a flight.

“Overseas holidays may be fun, but clearly getting there is a nightmare for most of us.

“However, there’s plenty that even the most anxious of travellers can do to get their holiday off to a relaxing start.

“Most people still travel to the airport by car so to cut stress levels we advise travellers to check for potential traffic delays in advance.

“For families with an early start, a night in an airport hotel can make all the difference and often comes with great value parking too.

“Also, for those who dread delays, airport lounges can provide a calm refuge and an escape from the crowds.”

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