- New survey quizzed airline passengers about the accents of the pilots on board
- Nervous fliers found the Scouse accent the least reassuring for a pilot
- The least attractive rated in the survey as Brummie twang and West Country
Nervous fliers are put most at ease by pilots who speak with the Queen’s English, a new survey has revealed.
Passengers who are filled with anxiety when taking to the skies say a hearing a posh accent over the aircraft PA can make them feel less afraid.
However it is pilots with a Scottish accent that travellers find the sexiest once they are on board.
New research has revealed that nervous fliers are most reassured by pilots who speak with the Queen’s English
The research comes from online flight booking site Kiwi.com, which quizzed passengers about UK pilot’s voices.
They found that for people who class themselves as nervous fliers, 49 per cent are reassured and have their confidence boosted when hearing a pilot speak with ‘received pronunciation’, that is, in tones akin to those dispensed by Her Majesty.
By contrast, just one per cent of passengers say a pilot with a Liverpool accent would reassure them.
In terms of sexiness, a Scottish accent on a pilot is the most highly ranked with 23 per cent saying they find it the most attractive.
This is followed by the Northern Irish accent at 19 per cent.
Other pilot accents also found to be attractive are Irish (19 per cent), Welsh (10 per cent) and the Queen’s English (eight per cent).
But frequent fliers say that the West Midlands twang is the biggest turn-off. It’s liked by two per cent of passengers.
In terms of sexiness, a Scottish accent on a pilot was the most highly ranked with 23 per cent saying they found it the most attractive
Meanwhile the study also found that a female voice from the cockpit is overwhelmingly more reassuring for passengers, with 85 per cent of frequent fliers saying it makes them feel less anxious.
Stephen Davis, from Kiwi.com, said: ‘Frequent flyers seemingly get a bit lustful when Scottish pilots are on board, but it’s essential that travellers feel safe and reassured.
‘Forget the Rescue Remedy, all you need is a bit of Queen’s English to settle the nerves.
‘Female pilots continue to challenge gender stereotypes in such a male dominated industry and the suggestion that there should be more women in the cockpit, as they are far more reassuring and instill confidence in passengers, should be taken into account.’
THE MOST REASSURING PILOT ACCENTS
1. Queen’s English – 49 per cent
2. Scottish – 18 per cent
3. Welsh – 11 per cent
4. Northern Irish – 9 per cent
5. Irish – 5 per cent
6= Mancunian – 2 per cent
6= Yorkshire – 2 per cent
6= West Country – 2 per cent
6= Cockney – 2 per cent
6= Brummie – 2 per cent
11. Scouse – 1 per cent
THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PILOT ACCENTS
1. Scottish – 23 per cent
2= Northern Irish – 19 per cent
2= Irish – 19 per cent
4. Welsh – 10 per cent
5. Queen’s English – 8 per cent
6. Geordie – 6 per cent
7. Scouse – 5 per cent
8. Mancunian – 4 per cent
9. Cockney – 3 per cent
10. West Country – 2 per cent
11. Brummie – 1 per cent
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online