Brits Call for Penalties for Late Boarders

Holidaymakers flying from UK airports have no time for latecomers this summer, according to research released today. Over a third (39 per cent) of Brits state that late-boarders are so infuriating that they deserve some form of penalty.

In the survey of more than 4,500* people by the travel extras specialist, more than one in ten people claimed zero tolerance for poor timekeepers, stating that they should be fined for disruption and flight delays. A further 11 per cent went a step further, saying that they should be removed from the flight altogether. However, 16 per cent of those irritated by late boarders were more forgiving, stating that these tardy individuals deserved a dirty look rather than a stricter penalty.

The research follows a BBC report, analysing delayed flights from the UK to popular holiday destinations, revealing that one in five flights are delayed by more than 30 minutes.

Interestingly,  more than one in ten (13 per cent) people do arrive at the airport with plenty of time to board their flight, but they then go on to blame long security queues and shopping in duty free for causing the rush to the departure gate.

Commenting on the research, Ant Clarke Cowell at Holiday Extras said: “During peak times people are keen to get to their destination as quickly and smoothly as possible, so frustrations caused by latecomers are understandable. We are unaware of any plans to fine, or to remove latecomers from flights, and this might seem a bit drastic as we could be late through no fault of our own. However, it would encourage everyone to plan better and to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare!”

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*Research by Holiday Extras completed with 4,986 people in July 2017.