Going on holiday might be a luxury, but getting to and from your destination often feels like anything but.
From busy car parks to queues at security and chockablock check-in desks, visiting an airport can be a pretty stressful experience. But according to new research from customer satisfaction service HappyOrNot and discount travel website HolidayPirates, reducing pre-flight pressure could be as simple as switching the day you fly.
As reported by The Mirror, the brands took into account 52,000,000 data reports from the smiley face feedback points you’ve probably seen in terminals across the country, and found that most visitors (76.7 per cent) felt happiest at every point of their journey when completing it on a Wednesday.
And that’s not all – setting an early morning alarm could help soothe your airport woes even further, as the most positive reactions were also given around 7am.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the worst times to fly were late nights, particularly on Saturdays, which were shown to be the least happy day of the week (likely because of the peak nature of weekend travel).
However, no matter what date or time you book your flight for, you should also make sure that you’re not inadvertently causing any extra problems or delays yourself.
According to a recent interview with former EasyJet staff member known simply as ‘Matt’, who worked for the budget airline between 2016 and 2018, one of the biggest mistakes we all make when travelling is overpacking, to the point where it could even hold up the plane.
‘‘Cabin crew are not there to lift hand luggage into the overhead locker,’ he explained. ‘Whilst crew will help to avoid delays, if you have packed everything but the kitchen sink into your hand luggage and then wait for the crew to lift it into the overhead, don’t be surprised if it gets tagged and put in the hold.’