Should Planes Get Family-Only Sections?

Most air travelers would prefer to see a "families only" section on planes, according to a new poll.

Skyscanner, a Scotland-based cheap fare comparison website, says 59 percent of travelers responding to its survey agree with the idea of seating families with kids in their own section on planes.

Of non-parents, the number in favor of a separate section rises to 68%.

Of the 2,000 respondents in the unscientific poll, 70 percent want to sit "as far away as possible from children." And about a quarter of non-parent respondents went one step further saying that they would prefer flights that are free of children.

Of parents, 45 percent say they don't want to see a families-only section on planes because they don't want to sit next to "other people's horrors," the website says.

"As a relative new mum myself I can still remember that feeling of dread when you found yourself seated next to a baby on a long flight," says Skyscanner's spokeswoman Mary Porter. "However since regularly flying with my one-year-old, I am much more aware of what a stressful and often embarrassing situation it can be for parents."

She opines if passengers are willing to pay extra for child-free flying, "perhaps the solution is a premium adults-only section, rather than a pre-allocated families section."

The website conducted the survey following the recent lawsuit by a 67-year-old American woman who claimed a toddler's screaming made her ears bleed and caused her to go deaf on a Qantas flight in Australia. The woman, Jean Barnard, recently reached a "confidential settlement" with the carrier.

Photo, jimmyharris, flickr
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