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For other uses, see Passenger (disambiguation).
Passengers on a boat in the Danube delta, 2008
Passengers in the lounge car of an Amtrak San Joaquin Valley train, California, 2014

A passenger (also abbreviated as pax[1]) is a person who travels in a vehicle but bears little or no responsibility for the tasks required for that vehicle to arrive at its destination or otherwise operate the vehicle.

Passengers are people who ride on buses, passenger trains, airliners, ships, ferryboats, and other methods of transportation.

Crew members (if any), as well as the driver or pilot of the vehicle, are usually not considered to be passengers. For example, a flight attendant on an airline would not be considered a "passenger" while on duty, but an employee riding in a company car being driven by another person would be considered a passenger, even if the car was being driven on company business.


In railway parlance, 'passenger', as well as being the end user of a service, is also a categorisation of the type of rolling stock used.[2] In the British case, there are several categories of passenger train.[2] These categories include:

  • 'Express passenger', which constitutes long distance and high speed railway travel between major locations such as ports and cities.[2]
  • 'Semi-fast express passenger', a type of service that is high speed, though stops at selected destinations of high population density en route.[2]
  • 'Local passenger', the lowest category of British passenger train, which provides a service that stops at all stations between major destinations, for the benefit of local populations.[2]

No pax[edit]

In transportation, a "no pax" trip is a trip without passengers.[3] For example, no-pax flights are freight, ferry and positioning flights.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Define Pax". Travel Industry dictionary. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Simmons, J. and Biddle, G. (Eds.): The Oxford Companion to British Railway History: From 1603 to the 1990s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997) ISBN 0-19-211697-5
  3. ^ "Lady Slipper Aviation Safety Plan". BLM and USFS. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Burin, Jim. "Approach and Landing Accident Reduction". Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 

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