One in five travellers miss their flight and men are most likely to fail to catch the plane on time, according to a survey of international travellers conducted by leading flight comparison site Skyscanner.
Almost a quarter of respondents made it through security with time to spare but still failed to board on time. Of those, 12% missed their flight being announced, 5% got carried away in bars, restaurants and duty free shopping and 3% failed to make the flight after not leaving enough time to get to the departure gate.
Although men are most likely to miss their flight, they are most willing to get creative in order to catch a free transfer to another flight, and are more successful at it than women.
Results show almost half of men will try to charm their way onto the next available flight with an improvised excuse of why they are late, with one in five claiming it worked. This compared to one in three women that try it, with only 14% saying it worked.
Dave Boyte, Skyscanner Market Development Manager for Australia says,
"Changing flights after you've missed one can be very expensive, so travellers beware. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times. Triple check your flight details before you travel, listen out for announcements and don't get too boozy before you board."
Reasons given for missing a flight:21% - I got stuck in traffic
12% - I missed the flight being called
11% - I didn't leave enough time to get to the airport
11% - My connecting flight was delayed
10% - I overslept
7% - I forgot my passport
5% - I lost track of time in the shops and bars
5% - I misread the time of my flight
4% - I went to the wrong terminal
4% - I got the dates wrong
3% - I didn't realise the distance to the gate
1% - I went to the wrong airport
6% - OtherHave you ever missed your flight?