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Airports “more stressful than moving house”

Research conducted by credit card insurer CPP has found that Britons feel airports are more stressful than work or moving house. The report has apparently found that millions of people find airports so stressful they have given up flying altogether.

Of the people who haven’t given up entirely, four in ten Britons who have flown said they found their airport experiences to be extremely stressful. More than 30% agreed airports were more stressful than work and over 20% think they are as stressful as moving house. Almost half of those questioned agreed that their holidays didn’t really begin until they have left the airport.

CPP’s study found that passengers labelled Heathrow as the most stressful airport, followed by Gatwick and then Manchester. David Moxon, a psychologist, observed: “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.”

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