Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Posh pilots on the plane please say air passengers

Air passengers like their pilot's accent to be posh, a survey revealed, while Cockney pilots are the most likely to have passengers believing the plane is about to crash.

Travellers are most reassured by a clipped Home Counties accent, according to a survey of 1,000 regular travellers.

Least reassuring was the Cockney accent, followed a Midlands twang.

Airline expert and travel writer Dave Richardson commented: "There's no doubt people want to feel safe when flying, and a clipped English accent is more likely to be reassuring than a regional one.

"I remember taking an internal flight in Russia at a time when some Russian airlines had a poor safety record, but as soon as I heard an RAF-type Englishman addressing us from the cockpit, I felt fine.

"However, the growth of flying from regional airports means there is a place for regional accents, too.

"Passengers can then feel 'at home' when flying, especially if they are returning from somewhere more exotic."

Air passengers surveyed for the upcoming Earl's Court Business Travel Show also voted for their favourite celebrity voice and voted in Nigel Havers. Also in the top ten were Sean Connery. Stephen Fry, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Grant and Ewan McGregor.

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