Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Ban kids from flying, customers tell ancillary website
Ever got on a flight only to find you’ve been seated next to a tearful toddler and family?
That sinking feeling most of us get when spotting a miniature travelling companion in our row has just been quantified by a new report that reveals a massive 83% of passengers would like to see adult-only areas on flights.
Airport hotel and parking website HolidayExtras.com polled just less than 5000 of its customers to find out what air passengers really want and a flight sans enfants came out tops.
What’s more, just under a third went further and said they would like to ban children on flights completely. A slightly more tolerant 51% said there should be cabins set aside for adults only.
A little more predictably, more than 75% of those polled said they needed more leg room and felt that feeling uncomfortable was the worst aspect of flying.
A rather delicate 9% of respondents said what they really couldn’t stand was having to sit next to a smelly person. Poor loves.
Head of product innovation and merchandising at HolidayExtras.com Anthony Clarke-Cowell said: “I’m surprised so many travellers have expressed such a strong desire for adult-only flights.
“Flights abroad always present a challenge for families and this is reflected in the results. There is clearly a need for more facilities to keep children happily engaged in quieter pastimes both during and before a flight.”
by Dinah Hatch