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Posted February 10, 2011 by BookingBuddy

Girl-crying-on-plane Sick of the child behind you kicking the back of your seat all through your eight hour flight? Well, you may not have to put up with that scenario for much longer, if certain campaigners get their way. 1000 business travellers at the recent Business Travel and Meetings Show were asked what they found most annoying about air travel.


Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they were irritated by children on planes. Some felt that airlines should provide adult-only flights, or introduce child-free sections similar to the Quiet Carriages on some trains.


This view was supported by travel journalist Dave Richardson, who said ‘I definitely think introducing an adults-only cabin or service is a good idea and it would work well on high-frequency routes so that families could be accommodated on other services. On long-haul routes I might look to more innovative airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Emirates or Etihad to consider taking this on board. Many airlines will continue to operate the B747 far into the future, so making the upper deck adults-only should not represent a huge logistical problem, and most airlines also have business class seats downstairs on 747s.”


However, not all travel experts agree with this view, with some deeming the idea ‘unethical’. Paul Charles, the former director of Virgin Atlantic, commented that ‘It would be a bad decision by an airline to ban children. Once you did, would you start banning other types of travellers?’

What are your thoughts on this? Are you happy to put up with kids near you, or would you prefer to fly in a child-free environment?


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I think it might not be a bad idea, but it could also be improved by making flights more fun for children and providing them with toys or a colouring book.

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 07:49 AM by limpopo accommodation

My personal opinion is that parents should be learn how teach their children to behave normally, not to disturb all people around.Most of time parents ignore their children and dont care about other travellers. Not airlines duty to organize entertaiment for travellers. Just enough to offer seats together for families with children in one sector, to keep a little" air" for others.

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 04:19 AM by Traveller-Mother

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