by Allen J. Sheinman | December 10, 2015

Business travelers have elected real-estate magnate/Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the "worst airplane seatmate" on a flight during the holidays. The survey of more than 500 frequent business travelers, conducted by GroundLink tech-enabled black-car services, focused on presidential candidates and found the largest cohort, 39 percent, voted for Trump as worst seatmate, followed by Hillary Clinton (16 percent), Mike Huckabee (10 percent), and Ben Carson and Jeb Bush (tied at 6 percent). Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders and Carly Fiorina all tied at 5 percent. When asked who would make the best seatmate, Clinton took the lead at 36 percent, followed by Trump (22 percent), Sanders (13 percent), Marco Rubio (5 percent), Fiorina and  Bush (tied at 4 percent) and Carson (3 percent). Some 11 percent suggested others, including Pope Francis, David Letterman and Kermit the Frog.

Nearly 30 percent of those surveyed avoid traveling the day before Christmas at all costs, and nearly a quarter avoid traveling the entire week between Christmas and New Year's Day. When asked what causes them the most stress during the holidays, 44 percent said weather and weather-related delays. Twenty-six percent said being stuck in traffic on the way to the airport and possibly missing their flight was the greatest cause for their holiday travel angst. 

Most business travelers (81 percent) prefer being driven to the airport by a professional driver. Fourteen percent prefer to drive themselves or rent a car, and only three percent prefer to use a van/shuttle service. Most business travelers (59 percent) plan ahead and book a car to the airport with plenty of time in advance of their flight. Eight percent wait until the last minute and take a taxi, while 4 percent take public transportation to the airport.