'More men forget their passports and most families are always late' - common airport mishaps to avoid

Tips for getting to the airport on time
Tips for getting to the airport on time

Let's face it, holidays are often filled with pockets of bliss or stress - with the latter often unavoidable in certain instances.

But which part of the travel routine irks you the most? 

A recent Priority Pass survey involving just over 1 500 UK travellers reveals that most worry about not getting to the airport on time with 63% of people afraid of unexpected traffic on the way. Interestingly enough, the data details that 1 in 10 (9%) people admitted to having missed their flight, while nearly 2 in 10 (19%) admitted they have had to sprint to the gate to catch their flight.  

Losing baggage is the second biggest concern it seems, while getting physically lost or losing a child while travelling is also a cause for concern. The survey notes that almost half (49%) of travellers found baggage collection to be the most stressful moment at the airport. 

READ: 6 Steps to follow in case you get separated from your kids at the airport 

 Flight delays trump security check concerns

Additionally, almost 3 in 5 people (57%) are worried about misplacing their passport or missing boarding the plane.

An estimated 6% of respondents have forgotten their passport. However, the survey reveals that men are more than twice as likely to forget their passport than women, with 8% of men admitting to having forgotten their passport, compared to 3.78% of women. Additionally, business travellers most likely to forget their passport, with 16% saying they’d forgotten it. 

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) people admit to having missed a flight but solo leisure travellers and people aged between 16 - 24 are the most likely to miss their flight. An estimated 1 in 8 (15.90%) solo travellers and more than 1 in 10 (12%) of 16 - 24 year-olds admit they have missed a flight before.  

Of the people surveyed, a quarter are more worried about their flight being delayed than being stopped at security. 

READ: The 3 stages of lost-luggage grief: What to do when you and your bag go on separate adventures 

The most common mishaps at the airport

Having overweight baggage is also a key cause for concern. About 19% of people admitted their luggage has been over the weight limit in the past. However, those travelling for business or aged between 35 - 44 are the worst when it comes to exceeding their baggage allowance, with 22% of solo business travellers and 35 -44 year-olds admitting their luggage has been over the weight or size limit. 

Despite 65% of people travelling with their family saying they give themselves between 30 minutes and 2 hours to spend in the departure lounge, 1 in 5 (20%) family travellers have had to sprint to the gate. 

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And the least stressful?

Boarding, finding your seat on the plane and the flight itself all came at the bottom of the list, making them the least stressful moments whilst travelling.

The most popular and busiest part of the airport is the duty-free store with almost half (49%) of people taking a look around for what tax-free deals they can find. On average, travellers in the UK give themselves 1 hour and 14 minutes in the departure lounge.  

And while over a third of people visit the pubs and restaurants at the departure lounge, very few take the time to really get into holiday mode with a bit of bubbles at an airport lounge.

Key take-away folks? Get to the airport early and relax. But not too much, or you may just be sprinting for your flight.

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