Majority of Britons would like childless flights

by Emily DUNBAR on April 12, 2012

More than 50 per cent of Britons would get behind the introduction of flights for adults-only, according to a recent poll.

Almost two thirds of respondents agreed that “loud children” are capable of ruining  a flight ahead of substandard food and not enough legroom, while around 53 per cent supported childless flights. It was found that two-fifths of people surveyed would back the removal of all reclining seats from aircraft, citing an irritation at passengers who choose to take the option.

Around a quarter called for the removal of all reclining seats on short-haul services. Over half of the 1,666 fliers who completed the survey, which was conducted by, expressed anger at carriers who don’t offer allocated seating.

This is not the first time that a survey has indicated that the vast majority of travellers will support proposals for child-free flights. While not a single airline has yet to have introduced a policy banning children from certain flights, Malaysian Airlines got the ball rolling this week by announcing plans to ban all children aged under 12 from top decks of its A380 planes.

The chief executive of the airline, Tengku Azmil, said that the move was made as a response to an overwhelming amount of complaints from fliers on Twitter about naughty or crying children. The first ever Malaysian Airlines A380 service is scheduled to fly between the capital of its native Malayasia, Kuala Lumpur, and London.

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