Would you pay more for a child-free flight?
LONDON, Aug 3 — A recent UK survey shows that a third of Britons would pay a higher price for a ticket on a child-free flight.
One of the most common frustrations among travellers on long-or short-haul flights appear to be badly behaved children. A survey carried out among 2,200 travellers by booking website TripAdvisor, shows that 37 per cent of Britons would pay more to guarantee a peaceful flight without children. Around 34 per cent said that children shouldn’t be allowed to fly in first-class cabins, while a fifth of flyers expressed that children kicking the back of their seat was a particular annoyance.
The presence of badly behaved children is a common complaint among passengers around the world. Malaysia Airlines announced last April that it was banning children from the upper decks of its A380 planes flying between London and Kuala Lumpur and between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. The airline has also confirmed that babies are not longer accepted in its business class cabins.
AirAsia X, a long-haul carrier based in Malaysia, announced its intention to become the second airline to ban children from certain sections of the plane last month. The new measure will come into effect in February 2013 and will create a “quiet zone” in the first eight rows of the economy section of its A380 aeroplanes. — AFP/Relaxnews