JFK? Wasn’t he a famous sailor? Only 40% of children know the famous names airports are named after (and a third think Gandhi was a Disney character)
Airports are often named in honour of famous people to recognise their achievements but a survey has found that a majority of children not only don’t know who the celebrated are but they also think that a number of them had totally different careers.
One in ten of the children questioned thought that former US President Ronald Reagan was really Ronald McDonald and footballing legend George Best was the king of Great Britain.
British Airways quizzed 2,000 adults and children on their airport awareness and found that the youngsters recognised only 40 per cent of the famous names and although the adults had a 70 per cent success rate, they struggled with some of the most popular destinations.
It’s holiday season, and don’t the newspapers know it, with no shortage of vacation reminders gracing the pages of the media. Including this one, ostensibly about famous figures in history, but really nothing more than a reminder to check out a travel agent website for the latest deals:
Claire Bentley, British Airways Holidays’ managing director, said: ‘We were surprised that some of our most popular destinations, such as McCarran International Las Vegas, Chicago O’Hare and Barbados Grantley Adams airports, had some of the lowest recognition of origin of their names. We hope this piece of research will raise awareness for some of the greats that airports have been named after.’