Child-free flight demand revealed

A majority of holidaymakers would be prepared to pay more to go on child-free flights, according to a survey.

Those in favour of adult-only planes include some with young children of their own, the poll by travel agent found.

Of the 2,152 people surveyed, two thirds said they had experienced troublesome children on flights.

Asked if they would pay more if they could be guaranteed a child-free flight, 52% of those polled said yes. Of those in favour of adult-only air travel, 23% had children under the age of 10 themselves.

Screaming babies, children running around and children complaining topped the list of things that aggravated adults the most when travelling on planes with youngsters.

Children being too loud and kicking seats also annoyed adults.

As many of 48% of parents with children aged 10 or under admitted they probably did not do their best to prevent their children being disruptive on flights. The main reason for their not being more strict with offspring was that they were “on holiday” so were more likely to let their children do what they liked. co-founder Chris Clarkson said: “I was surprised that so many of the people who would pay more for child-free flights were parents with young children themselves. I think it’s unlikely that too many airlines will introduce child-free flights, because there’s too much for them to lose in terms of people who would pay to fly but couldn’t if they had children.

“We’ve already seen some airlines introduce child-free zones, but a screaming baby’s cry can carry quite far, so if that’s the issue most people have with kids onboard then I don’t know how successful they will be.”

What is your view?  Would you pay extra to go on child-free flights?

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Lyn Vidler
11th Jan 2015
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Having recently returned from a 10hour long haul flight for which we had used our airmiles to upgrade to premiere imagine our horror to find 1 under a year and 2 under 10 kids running amok. The baby had screaming fits every few hours which made sleeping impossible especially as the loud Indian ethnic origin father insisted on singing to the baby.
We will probably never have enough airmiles to do this again and certainly wont be able to afford to pay premiere. How on earth can a father afford 3 child seats in premiere and for himself and his wife? We have never been able to . Our experience was completely spoilt because of his unruly family, the other children were allowed to run around even when the seat belt sign was on.
I have grandchildren whom I love dearly and realise this baby was probably in pain so why put the baby and other passengers through this? Babies and flights dont mix very well especially when they have selfish parents
Alistair Miller
12th Feb 2014
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Today's parents do not teach their children how to behave in public! Nor do they teach them manners. Children under six should not be allowed to travel by 'plane. Babies cannot cope with changes in air pressure, so
it is cruel to take them on flights of any length!

Cabin crews should pay more attention to the behaviour of any child or,
indeed, adult, which may be annoying to other passengers! It would be a
good idea to ban alcoholic drinks on all flights of more than three hours
Louise Hunter
8th Jan 2014
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When we were kids,we could never afford to to travel abroad let alone on a plane.I think that all kids under 10 years old should not be allowed on short haul flights and under 16's not allowed on long haul ones,i mean,who would be stupid and selfish enough to take a toddler or baby under 2 years old on a flight? No.1 babies cannot equalise theirs ears in flight which is very painful and uncomfortable for them and No.2 these kids are too young to understand or appreciate what is going on around them.therefore yes i would pay more to go on a child free flight,my husband and i plus the other passengers next to us got very hacked off with having the back of our seats kicked and the flop down tables being slammed repeatedly by an undiciplined,spoilt 5 year old brat whose parents thought that it was ok for him to behave like that even though the attendant had a go at the parents.What is wrong with places like Butlins or Haven for holiday makers with small kids?I think that maybe there should be cheaper holiday deals in Britain for parents with small kids,this is just a suggestion.
Terry hastings
1st Jan 2014
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I find many adults on flights very annoying
From all their gadgets. Personal headphones that aren't personal
Its about time airlines redefined travel cabins for the benefit of customers
Why not have playrooms,shops, casinos like a boat!!
If everyone would pay more we could all have a bit more room and everyone could have a relatively, less stressed flight!!
Miriam Unwin
11th May 2013
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It is down to bad parenting not the children who are fault here, by the way as a teacher you should know it is plane and not plain.
11th May 2013
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Yes, I would pay extra to go on child free flights. Although I am a mother of now grown up children , with children of their own, I am also a teacher. There are just some moments when you would like to be child free.

I have always said that...when I was travelling with my children and grandchildren that all the people with children could be in one area of the plain, to make it easier for the flight attendants, and some attendants should have child care qualifications.

However...We were all children once, so if it never actually happens, I do hope everyone remembers what they used to get up to when they were youngsters!

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