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A passenger is a term broadly used to describe any person who travels in a vehicle
Vehicle
A vehicle is a device that is designed or used to transport people or cargo. Most often vehicles are manufactured, such as bicycles, cars, motorcycles, trains, ships, boats, and aircraft....

, but bears little or no responsibility for the tasks required for that vehicle to arrive at its destination.

Passenger is one who is carried by a public carrier from one place to another, whether for consideration or without it.

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
Flight attendant
Flight attendants or cabin crew are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, and on some military aircraft.-History:The role of a flight attendant derives from that of similar...

 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.

Position

  • Front passengers are situated near the driver.
  • Rear passengers are behind the driver in the back seat
    Car seat
    A car seat is the chair used in automobiles. Most car seats are made from inexpensive but durable material in order to withstand as much use as possible.-Ergonomy: Lumbar and thigh support:...

    s.

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
Rolling stock
Rolling stock comprises all the vehicles that move on a railway. It usually includes both powered and unpowered vehicles, for example locomotives, railroad cars, coaches and wagons...

 used. In the British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 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.