1 in 2 Brits want child-free flights
Have you ever been annoyed by children or crying babies on a flight? Well, you’re not alone!
A new poll of 2,000 Brits has revealed that a staggering 52% of us would opt for child-free flights, given the opportunity. The survey, carried out by HolidayHypermarket.co.uk, has found that many of us are more disgruntled at having to travel with children on board than one might think. In fact, nearly 30% of respondents cited noisy children and crying babies as the number one annoyance you could experience on a plane.
Other things that ranked highly were people taking up personal space (23%), closely followed by drunk passengers (21%). Given the confined space on planes, travelling can often lead to increased tension.
But is this criticism of children and babies fair? And will airlines ever introduce such flights?
Holiday Hypermarket representative Ian Crawford says “It’s not just children that annoy others on planes and that’s clear from the findings of our survey. It’s a tough call, many travellers have every sympathy with parents of noisy children. And I’m sure there are plenty of people who’d like to see family-only flights introduced as well. There have been talks of child-free flights for a while now. And with some airlines introducing child-free zones, it’s good to see some compromise.”
Space is a big issue. As airlines continue to operate as efficiently as possible when it comes to packing people in. So it’s no surprise that 56% of those polled would rather pay extra for a more spacious seat than any other luxury. 27% of respondents also said they would happily pay more for better in-flight food and drink.
“There are so many perks you can now pay a premium for when it comes to travel. I’d be surprised if airlines don’t jump at the chance to cash in on adults-only flights as well.” Crawford went on to say.
So, what do you think? Would you pay extra for an adults-only flight?