The endless security queues, the needless security procedures and the rip-off prices have led close to four million travellers to give up flying altogether because they claim airport stress is worse than work or moving a house, according to a new survey.
While most refuse to give up their holidays, the study shows four in 10 Britons who have flown find the airport experience stressful.
AdvertisementMore than a third believe it is worse than work, and nearly a quarter think it as stressful as moving house.
Credit-card insurer CPP, who questioned around 2,000 holidaymakers, found 9 percent - or almost four million in the wider travelling population - now avoid flying because of airport stress including flight delays, mislaid belongings and getting to the gate on time.
Almost half of travellers believe a holiday doesn't start until they have left the airport.
The survey also found passengers thought Heathrow was Britain's most stressful airport, followed by Gatwick and Manchester.
"Humans are wired to experience stress in situations where many feel out of control. Airports - where you have to follow instructions that are likely to change at the last minute, and procedures that are unpredictable - lead many to react with a stress response," the Daily Mail quoted psychologist David Moxon as saying.
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