British holidaymakers would rather sit next to Boris Johnson than Theresa May on a flight, reveals World Travel Market London research released today (Monday 7 November) at the event.
Boris Johnson, or BoJo to his friends, was one of the key protagonists for the Leave campaign during the EU membership referendum campaign and is now the UK Foreign Secretary. He has proved a controversial figure, hitting the headlines for an alleged u-turn on his thoughts about Brexit.
In comparison, Theresa May, who became Prime Minister after David Cameron resigned this September, is seen as “a safe pair of hands”.
So perhaps it is purely on entertainment value terms that BoJo gets the nod from 23% of respondents compared with the PM who gets 20%.
In US election week, Hillary Clinton fares relatively well, chosen by 17% of the sample as the person with whom they would like to make small talk at 30,000 feet. Nigel Farage will be disappointed that a foreign female is more popular than he is, with the on-off-on leader of UKIP only polling 13%.
The fifth choice was businessman, reality TV star and presidential candidate Donald Trump, who barely registers any interest from Brits with only 3% choosing him as their travelling companion.
World Travel Market London, Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “Whatever one thinks of his politics, Boris Johnson comes across as an affable type who would be fun to talk to on a flight, while for those interested in a more serious conversation Theresa May or Hillary Clinton get the nod.”
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