Two thirds of Brits check in at airport bar

Holidaymaking Brits make the bar their first port of call when arriving at the airport departure lounge.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 3rd June 2016, 12:22 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd June 2016, 12:28 pm
Two thirds of Brits check in at airport bar
Two thirds of Brits check in at airport bar

A survey found that two thirds of Britons heading abroad admitted to getting into celebratory mode - or settling their nerves - before flying

8am was viewed as an acceptable time to start drinking, although three-quarters of Brits claimed that they would never drink in the mornings - but were prepared to make an exception when in holiday mode.

The average UK holidaymaker, according to, will consume three drinks at the airport bar and a further two on the plane. 28 per cent admitted to having “one too many” before getting on the plane.

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It may be that that extra drink is a nerve-settler - 90 per cent of those surveyed said that they found the whole pre-holiday experience extremely stressful - packing (65 per cent) and ensuring baggage was within weight limits (56 per cent) among the main causes.

Queueing was also a much-hated form of holiday, 46 per cent of travelers citing this as a major annoyance.

But almost 70 per cent of Brits saw a drink as a stress-reliever - with 34 per cent having a beer at the airport bar, 19 per cent preferring a shot, and 15 per cent opting for a celebratory glass of fizz.

More than half (58 per cent) of those questioned knew that the higher altitude heightens the effects of alcohol on the system, but would have a drink anyway - although 12 per cent knew someone who had been refused entry to a flight due to being drunk.

And 17 per cent admitted to spending more than they intended at the airport shops due to having had too much to drink.