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Newspaper, which the company has blamed on alcohol-fuelled antics and selfish attitudes. Claims by this age group accounted for almost 22 per cent of the overall claims paid out by 1Cover in a three-year period, while the next highest was the more traditionally high-scoring 60 to 70-year-old group.
In the period measured (2008-2011), 22 to 30 year olds made double the amount of luggage claims compared with the next age bracket (18 to 23 year olds), with 1,400 versus 700, and substantially more medical and dental claims – 1,200 – than the next highest group (60 to 70 year olds, with 700). The most common holiday mishaps for 23 to 30 year olds tended to be injuries from skiing and snowboarding, damaged personal items and lost passports, as well as gastroenteritis and motor scooter-related misfortunes, which were very common for tourists travelling in Asia and South America.
Eddie Feltham, managing director of 1Cover Travel Insurance, expressed surprise at the figures, and he attributed the bucking of established trends to ‘[23-30 years olds’] stronger belief of entitlement as well as binge drinking and the influence of alcohol’. 1Cover Travel Insurance is underwritten by Allianz.ShareThis