High Anxiety


Air Transit  
Stress Scale  

Professor Irwin Sarason and doctoral student Jonathan Bricker identified 11 significant causes of air-travel stress:

  • Late arrival/departure.
  • Missed connecting flight
  • Waiting for car rental/hotel/airport shuttle.
  • Waiting for car rental/hotel/airline check-in.
  • Wrong directions.
  • Baggage hand-inspected.
  • Crowded plane.
  • Got lost.
  • Trouble finding the gate.
  • Lost baggage.

As part of their ongoing research studies, Sarason and Bricker invite travelers to send e-mail in which they share their air-travel experiences—"not just the problems people have, but what have been the successes," says Sarason. Send comments to isarason@u.washington.edu

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