Survey: the French are rather well organized when they fly

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As summer vacation continues, a new study by British Airways reveal who are most organized people when they travel.

Although one in five French people (21%) think their holiday starts when they pack their bags, 30% do not know what items are allowed in their checked baggage or how much luggage is allowed, and a similar number (28%) unsure of what items are allowed in their carry-on baggage. But a large majority admit to adopting an organized mode, arriving at the airport early, taking passport control seriously and adopting a strict departure strategy.

Organized mode
Nearly half (45%) of holidaymakers say they prefer to take matters into their own hands, with residents of the Grand Est being the most likely to adopt this profile (55%). Compared to their European counterparts, only 1 in 5 French people (21%) prefer to get to the airport as soon as possible, compared to 27% of Germans and 1 in 3 Italians or Britons. Americans top the list, 35 % of them preferring to optimize the time spent at the terminal.

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Only 6% of respondents describe themselves as strollers, having a relaxed approach to travel, taking their time getting to the plane and often being among the last to board the plane.

Sports fashion
Conversely, 18-25 year olds are the age group most likely to want to be among the first to get off the plane and collect their luggage after landing. Nearly 4 in 10 respondents in the south of France said they identified with this profile, viewing travel as an Olympic sport and rushing out.

Adventure mode
Only 9% of French travelers consider themselves to be “ airport adventurers happy to break away from the pack and spend a lot of time visiting the airport, the terminal’s shops and restaurants, and discovering the surrounding area.

Autopilot mode
One in four French travelers (25%) said they prefer to “go with the flow”, with those over 65 being the most likely to adopt this behavior (31%). Britons are the most likely to adopt this profile, with 36% saying they let someone else take the reins.

I have been with British Airways for over 18 years and have seen all types of travelers show up at the airport. It’s great to know that organized French people are taking matters into their own hands and allowing families to enjoy the holidays they deserve commented Pauline Price, British Airways customer service agent.

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