Travelers Admit To Wide Range Of Behavior To Pass Time
The following report is to be taken
at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek... we hope. Online travel
community IgoUgo.com recently surveyed its members and found that
more than 73 percent of travelers said they are spending more time
in airports due to flight delays or layovers. But what was really
surprising was just what people are up to on their layovers.
IgoUgo says its editors found some interesting behavior
happening in terminals: one-third of people are spending more time
in the bar; 36 percent pass the time by eavesdropping; 16 percent
drink with strangers and eight percent attempt to sneak into the
The results also show a majority of travelers still turn to
typical activities such as reading (74 percent), eating at a
restaurant (60 percent) or walking the terminal for exercise (43
Additionally, more than half (53 percent) admitted to
participating in behavior at an airport that they otherwise would
not have. Some of their out-of-the ordinary behavior includes
giving their email address or phone number to strangers; confiding
personal secrets to -- or kissing -- those same strangers; assuming
a false identity; and sponging themselves down in the bathroom.
In a revelation sure to raise the ire of TSA agents everywhere,
some frequent fliers also admit to asking strangers to watch their
"IgoUgo members are savvy travelers, and as our poll results
show, the more direct flights are cut and the more layovers are
dealt, the more creative they are with ways to pass the time," said
Michelle Doucette, content manager at IgoUgo.com.
According to IgoUgo members, nearly 30 percent of them would
rather go to the dentist than have a two hour layover. However,
when asked, there are some airports that make layovers more
bearable than others... including Las Vegas, Atlanta, Denver,
O'Hare, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
IgoUgo adds 12 percent of respondents say they view domestic
layovers as an opportunity to get out and explore a new city. When
traveling internationally, that number jumps to 26 percent.