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Many Childless Brit Air Travellers Hope for a Family-only Section on Planes

by Savitha C Muppala on September 1, 2010 at 11:04 PM
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 Many Childless Brit Air Travellers Hope for a Family-only Section on Planes

A new poll has found that three out of five Brit air travellers hope for family-only sections on planes.

The survey, by travel research site Skyscanner, questioned 2000 people.


As many as 25 percent of people without children said they would like to see child-free flights, the survey found, with the biggest support (68 percent) for family-only sections on flights came from non-parents among the 2,000 people surveyed.

Only 8 percent of those without children reckoned people should be able to sit where they like on planes, with nearly 70 percent wanting to sit 'as far away as possible from children'.

Of those who were parents, 45 percent said they did not want a families-only section because they preferred not to sit next to "other people's horrors" while 24 percent disagreed with the idea because they felt that people should be able to 'sit where they liked'.

Other suggestions put forward included the provision of a baby nursery and only allowing well-behaved children to travel.

"As a relatively new mum myself I can still remember that feeling of dread when you found yourself seated next to a baby on a long flight," the Daily Mail quoted Mary Porter of Skyscanner as saying.

"However since regularly flying with my one-year-old, I am much more aware of what a stressful, and often embarrassing, situation it can be for parents.

"When tempers are frayed, a screaming child can cause a major disturbance for fellow passengers.

"If passengers are prepared to pay extra for child-free flying, perhaps the solution is a premium adults-only section, rather than a pre-allocated families section, giving airlines yet another extra they can charge for?

"I am sure this service would prove really popular on routes that attract a lot of families such as flights to Orlando (in Florida)," she said.

Source: ANI
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