Survey: planes 'need child-free zones'

Almost 70% of travellers think planes should have child-free zones, according to a survey.

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The poll by found 35% of air passengers would be prepared to pay extra to travel on a no-children flight.

As well as being annoyed by children on flights, travellers were also pretty sniffy about sitting close to people with bad body odour.

Overall, 69% of those surveyed said planes should have child-free zones, with 30% saying such areas should be installed on long-haul and short-haul flights.

Of those prepared to pay to get away from children, those on long-haul flights would be happy to fork out around £63 extra for a return ticket on a child-free flight, while on short-haul trips passengers would be prepared to pay around £28 more.

Passengers also objected to drunk and rowdy passengers, babies crying, seat-kicking, lack of leg room and overweight passengers invading their space.

Not enough refreshments and airlines running out of food options appeared to be the least of passengers' worries. general manager Kay Dixon said: "If you run into a screaming baby, or a noisy, hyperactive toddler and its exasperated parents on a train, you could just move carriages. The same doesn't apply on a flight.

"While most people are sympathetic towards parents with young children, many people simply don't want to sit next to them."


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