Market Research Finds Misbehaving Kids on a Flight Annoys Britons Most

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3rd August 2012 15:54 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

The latest survey by TripAdvisor has discovered what irritates Britons most when taking a flight – the top annoyance is having to tolerate unruly children.

In total, 37% of the 2,000 UK travellers who took part in the market research said they’ve has such horrendous experiences of flying next to misbehaving children that they would gladly pay higher fares for a child-free flight.

Nearly a quarter of respondents at 22% claimed that having a child kicking at the back of their seat was their biggest concern. A further 22% said that they were frustrated by parents failing to prevent their kids from spoiling people’s travelling experience by acting badly.

Nevertheless, while 34% of the surveyants said that children should not be allowed inside first-class or business-class cabins, 36% thought they should be given a chance.

A spokesperson for TripAdvisor commented: “Even on a short-haul holiday the flight makes up a significant part of the travel experience, and a stressful flight can really have a negative impact. Any disturbance when flying is a frustration but it seems that unruly children are among the biggest frustrations for some passengers. Whether we can expect to see any airlines offering child-free flights in the future remains to be seen, but it’s clearly a topic that fiercely divides opinion.”

Another top concern on a flight, for 29% of Britons, is inconsiderate seat recliners imposing on their personal space.

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