Passengers ‘would pay for kid-free flights’

kid-free flights

kid-free flightsOne in three British travellers would be happy to incur an extra charge if they were guaranteed a flight without children on board.

Some 2,000 Britons were surveyed by TripAdvisor, and it was found that badly behaved children are one big reason for passengers' frustrations to hit take off.

More than a third (37%) of those asked said noisy children are so irritating that they would happily dig deep to be guaranteed a child-free flight.

For 22% of respondents, a child kicking the back of their seat is the biggest nuisance, while a further 22% said parents' lack of control over their offspring was most annoying for them.

First-class kids

Emma Shaw, spokeswoman for TripAdvisor, said that a passenger's travel experience could be marred by a stressful flight, even on a short-haul journey.

"Any disturbance when flying is annoying but it seems that unruly children are among the biggest causes of frustration for some passengers," she said.

Inconsiderate seat recliners were the most annoying thing for 29% of those surveyed, making this the top irritation.

There was a divide in opinion over whether young children should be allowed to fly business or first-class.

A total of 34% said they should be excluded, with 36% saying they felt they should not and the rest remaining undecided.

Ms Shaw said: "It's clearly a topic that fiercely divides opinion."

Airline boredom beaters

Some airlines, such as British Airways, have a family flying programme, perhaps to try to reduce the impact that children have on other passengers. BA's programme includes a "feed children first" policy to avoid hungry meltdowns.

Free in-flight cots are offered to young passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights, to give children, parents and other passengers some respite. In-flight boredom beaters are also provided by Virgin, such as books and Nintendo games consoles.

Dutch carrier KLM provides activity packs for their junior jetsetters, and carrycots can be reserved for babies aged up to six months old. Small strollers and car seats are also allowed on board, which may help some children get off to sleep.

Impressively, Gulf Air provide a sky nanny service on some long-haul flights, with trained attendants giving parents a break during the journey.

Air France also provides some help at 30,000 feet, as they have "family helpers" to lend a hand, and the airline provides gift packs to children to keep them occupied.

For more information to fuss-free family flights here are some tips, or why not check out this guide to the five most child-friendly airlines.