1 in 7 Britons feel babies and toddlers shouldn’t be allowed on planes
New research by a flight comparison company in the UK has revealed the least desirable passengers to travel with. Babies & toddlers top the list, voted more undesirable than fellow passenger who smell and those who are drunk. According to the poll, 13% of Britons believe that babies and toddlers should not be allowed on flights until they are five years old.
The team at Jetcost conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into Briton’s flight experiences. 2,196 Britons aged 18 and over, all of whom stated they had flown internationally at least once in the past two years, were quizzed about their flight experiences.
Initially, all respondents were asked: ‘What do you most look forward to when you’re flying?’ to which the most common responses were ‘travelling to a new destination’ (78%), ‘friendly cabin crew’ (50%) and ‘duty free goodies’ (48%). Similarly, all respondents were then asked ‘What do you least look forward to when you’re flying?’ to which the most common responses were ‘having to sit still for so long’ (26%), ‘other passengers on the flight’ (25%), ‘limited choice of food and drink’ (16%).
Wanting to delve a little deeper, all respondents were then asked what types of passengers, specifically, they would least like to fly with. When provided with a list of possible responses and told to select all that applied, the top five responses were as follows:
· Babies and toddlers - 41%
· Passengers who smell - 35%
· Passengers who drink too much – 33%
· Stag/hen groups - 32%
· Large passengers who exceed their seat - 30%
All respondents who stated they disliked flying alongside babies and toddlers were asked why. Once all of the results were collated, the most popular responses were ‘inconsolable crying’ (85%), temper tantrums (64%) and mischievous behaviour (52%). Furthermore, 13% of respondents stated they didn’t feel babies or toddlers should be allowed to fly under the age of five years old.
Wanting to determine if this was a universal opinion, 1,000 respondents from Spain, Germany, France and Italy (an even split amongst the four countries) were asked to state if they felt babies should be allowed on board planes at such a young age. Once all of the results were collated it was revealed that some passengers from each country also felt the same;
· Germany – 38%
· Italy – 30%
· France – 18%
· Spain – 5%
Antoine Michelat, co-founder of Jetcost, commented: “It’s highly unlikely that babies and toddlers would ever really be banned from travelled by plane, but it’s interesting to see just how many people feel this would be a good course of action. They can be disruptive, hard to control and even irritating, but unfortunately flying is a big change from the norm, particularly for the little ones, are they are likely a little over-excited by the situation!
“To say that parents can’t go on a holiday abroad, visit family and friends or even travel for medical purposes with their children in case they irritate other passengers on the flight is unfair; one day you may be that parent on-board struggling to calm your crying baby, or trying to keep your wandering toddler from getting bored and running up and down the aisles. It’s certainly not ideal, but the person most bothered by it is likely to be the embarrassed mum or dad, so try to be patient - and sympathetic!”
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