Third of Britons happy to pay extra for flights free of children

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on August 1, 2012

A third of Britons are willing to pay more for flights that have no children onboard, as detailed by the results of a recent survey.

Of the 2,000 travellers that were questioned for the survey, 37 per cent confessed that children are   that irritating to them they would be more than willing to purchase a ticket that was more expensive than usual just to avoid them. When asked if young children should have the right to fly in business-class or first-class though, opinions were more divided with 34 per cent feeling that children should be excluded and 36 per cent feeling that they should be allowed. The remaining travellers were undecided.

It was also found that over a fifth of fliers become annoyed when fellow fliers kick the back of their chairs, with 22 per cent of the people surveyed complaining about the common occurrence. Emma Shaw, a spokesperson from TripAdvisor, which conducted the survey, commented that even on short-haul holidays, flights are one of the most significant parts of any travel experience and stressful travelling can have a negative impact on the rest of a break.

Shaw added that any disturbances when flying are a frustration but it appears that unruly children  provide the biggest problem for many passengers. Another poll conducted recently discovered how the biggest gripe Britons have with fellow passengers is when low slung trousers reveal a  “builder’s bum”.

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