Travel anxiety: APH survey reveals what worries UK travellers in the 24 hours prior to flying abroad

A survey* conducted of over 1,800 people by Airport Parking & Hotels (APH), the leading airport parking operator in the UK, has revealed the leading causes of UK adults’ travel-related anxieties in the 24 hours prior to taking a flight, whether for business or leisure.


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YMF_q1. For the following question, if you have never taken a flight, please select the “Not applicable” option. Thinking about flights for both business and leisure purposes… Approximately when, if ever, was the last time you took a flight?

  • Within the last 6 months (29%)
  • Longer than 6 months ago, but within the last year (19%)
  • Longer than a year ago, but within the last 2 years (11%)
  • Longer than 2 years ago, but within the last 3 years (5%)
  • Longer than 3 years ago, but within the last 4 years (4%)
  • Longer than 4 years ago, but within the last 5 years (3%)
  • Longer than 5 years ago (20%)
  • Don’t know/ can’t recall (1%)
  • Not applicable – I have never taken a flight (9%)

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YMF_q2.Thinking about the 24 hours before the last flight you took for business or leisure purposes… Which, if any, of the following did you feel anxious about during this time? (Please select all that apply. If you didn’t feel anxious about anything during the 24 hours before the last flight you took, please select the “Not applicable” option)

  • That I would forget my travel documents (e.g. passport, ID card etc.) (31%)
  • That there would be traffic on the way to the airport (26%)
  • That there would be queues at check-in or airport security (25%)
  • That my luggage would be too heavy (23%)
  • That I’ve not packed correctly according to the airline or airport hand luggage restrictions (21%)
  • That I would sleep through my alarm and be late for my flight (20%)
  • That there would be delays or issues on public transport (14%)
  • That I haven’t switched off all electronics in the house (10%)

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YMF_q2.Thinking about the 24 hours before the last flight you took for business or leisure purposes… Which, if any, of the following did you feel anxious about during this time? (Please select all that apply. If you didn’t feel anxious about anything during the 24 hours before the last flight you took, please select the “Not applicable” option) (continued 2)

  • That the taxi would not turn up (10%)
  • That I would get lost in the airport terminal or carpark (8%)
  • That I would have trouble parking my car and be late for my flight (5%)
  • That my car wouldn’t start (3%)
  • Other (6%)
  • Don’t know/ can’t recall (7%)
  • Not applicable – I didn’t feel anxious about anything during the 24 hours before the last flight I took (26%)

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