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Irish rate Elvis as their most desired flight companion


Tourists at Graceland, Memphis.

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Tourists at Graceland, Memphis.

Given the chance to choose their ideal travelling companion, most Irish people would sit beside The King, a new survey suggests.

Wise men say only fools rush in, but when 500 Irish people were asked who they would most like to sit beside on a plane, they couldn’t help falling in love with the idea of a place next to the King.

Here’s the full Top 10:

  1. Elvis (20pc)          
  2. Barack Obama (12.5pc)
  3. Nelson Mandela (12.5pc)
  4. George Clooney (12.5pc)
  5. Albert Einstein (11pc)
  6. Brad Pitt (10pc)
  7. Johnny Depp (9pc)
  8. Princess Diana (8.5pc)
  9. Marilyn Monroe (8pc)
  10. Stephen Fry (8pc)  

Setting aside the Suspicious Minds for a moment, the survey - conducted by London City Airport – does provide several other rather interesting insights into on our pet hates and preferences when travelling.

Topping the list of undesirable passengers to sit beside was, according to 53pc of Irish respondents, a person with strong body odour. So shower before you travel, folks, or it’s a room for one at Heartbreak Hotel.

We’re also far less patient than our European counterparts when it comes to naughty children – 20pc of Irish rated a child kicking their seat as their top pet hate on flights, Blue Suede Shoes or not. That compares to just 11pc of Swiss, 13pc of Italian and 14pc of Spanish respondents.

“We suggest that if you are ever lucky enough to find yourself jostling for the armrest with George Clooney, Graham Norton or Beyoncé, make sure you’re smelling fresh, don’t fall asleep and keep chewing to a minimum,” a spokesperson for London City Airport advised.                              

Some other nuggets from the survey:

  • 37pc would like sleeping pods made available at airports
  • Just 2pc would like to see a gym at an airport
  • 50pc won’t leave home without their smartphone
  • 40pc won’t travel without painkillers
  • 5.4pc do not like strangers trying to make conversation

The survey, of a total of 2,500 people, was conducted by OnePoll for London City Airport.

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