A passenger (also abbreviated as pax) 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. Historically, the concept of the passenger has existed for as long as man has been able to create means of transportation capable of carrying more people than were needed to operate the vessel. 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 and the same with those working in the kitchen or restaurant onboard a ship as well as cleaning staff, 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.
1 Railways 2 No pax 3 Legal status 4 Types
4.1 Revenue passenger
5 See also 6 References 7 External links
Railways 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. In the British case, there are several categories of passenger train. These categories include:
'Express passenger', which constitutes long distance and high speed railway travel between major locations such as ports and cities. 'Semi-fast express passenger', a type of service that is high speed, though stops at selected destinations of high population density en route. '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.
PATH train with "NO PAX" on its destination sign
In transportation, a "no pax" trip is a trip without passengers.
For example, no-pax flights are freight, ferry and positioning
In most jurisdictions, laws have been enacted that dictate the legal
obligations of the owner of a vehicle or vessel, or of the driver or
pilot of the same, towards the passengers. With respect to passengers
riding in cars and vans, the driver may owe a duty of care to
passengers, particularly where the passenger's presence in the vehicle
can be seen to "confer some benefit on the driver other than the
benefit of his or her company or the mere sharing of expenses". In
other situations, however, guest statutes may limit the ability of
passengers to sue the driver of the vehicle over an accident. Many
places require cars to be outfitted with measures specifically for the
protection of passengers, such as passenger-side air bags. With
respect to passengers on commercial vehicles or vessels, both national
laws and international treaties require that the carrier act with a
certain standard of care. The number of passengers that a vehicle or
vessel may legally carry is defined as its seating capacity.
A revenue passenger is someone who has paid a transport operator for
her or his trip. That excludes non-paying passengers such as airline
employees flying on free or nearly-free passes, babies and children
who do not have a seat of their own, etc. However, passengers who paid
for their trip with a frequent-flyer program mileage award are usually
This term is used in the transportation industry, in particular in
traffic measures such as revenue passenger kilometer (RPK) and Revenue
passenger mile (RPM).
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