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This is a topic I’ve written about several times. There are the folks who want peace and quiet on their flights, and there are the parents who wan their children to pipe down, but can’t seem to make it happen.
So I wasn’t surprised when I saw a poll by online travel agent Globehunters that found that 53 percent of UK travelers would like to see more child-free zones on planes. I suspect the numbers would be higher among U.S. passengers. 63 percent of the UK travelers who wanted more child-free zones said they would pay extra to ensure a more peaceful flight.
Malaysia Air has child-free zones on its Airbus A380s. Air Asia charges approximately $13 for its child-free zone, while Singapore-based low-cost carrier Scoot Airlines charges $15 for the privilege.
The survey found that British travelers are more than ready to pay for seats away from children, with 41 percent of people that wanted more child-free zones on planes saying they would pay upwards of $16 to be seated in one. And no surprise here, it also found there was greater demand for these zones among more frequent flyers, with 69 percent more than happy to see more child-free zones on planes.
Travelers over age 50s were eager to leave traveling with children firmly in the past, with 64 percent in favor of more child-free zones on planes. There was far less enthusiasm from people that usually travel with their children, with just 28 percent in favor.
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