Child-free flights – yes or no?

Child-free flights are on the wish list for British travellers.

Child-free Flights

Any parent knows that travelling by plane after having children is a very different experience. It can be challenging to entertain children on long flights. They may be sleepy and irritable.

I confess to waiting years before going on a plane with my children as even the thought of it made me anxious. I did not want to face the frowns of other passengers if my children behaved less than perfectly.

A new poll of 2000 Brits has revealed that a staggering 52% of us would opt for child-free flights given the opportunity. The survey carried out by found nearly 30 % of respondents cited noisy children and crying babies as the biggest annoyance you could experience on a plane.

Other bugbears were people encroaching on your personal space and drunken passengers

When it came to suggestions for flight improvements, 56% would pay for more spacious seats with only 27% saying they would pay extra for better food and drink.

Holiday Hypermarket representative Ian Crawford says “It’s not just children that annoy others on planes and that’s clear from the finding of our survey. It’s a tough call – many travellers have every sympathy with parents of noisy children and I’m sure there are plenty of people who would like to see family-only flights introduced as well. There have been talks of child-free flights for a while now and with some airlines introducing child-free zones, it’s good to see some compromise.”

So what do you think? Should we celebrate babies and children in any environment? Would you pay extra to secure an adults-only flight? Perhaps you have had a negative experience where an adult was at fault? I would love to know what you think so please leave a comment.

Mum Muddling Through

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.


  • Talya

    Lol I actually have had worse experiences with adults not children on flights. I think in this world where we need to focus more on inclusiveness as opposed to exclusiveness I’m not sure how I would feel about child free flights, but then maybe if it would stop everyone complaining about children it wouldn’t be such a bad idea? Still undecided on that one but definitely food for thought. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this xx

  • Mrs Mummy Harris

    I don’t think there should be child-free flights as how else would you go on holidays? What if relatives live abroad? I think its all about people needing to appreciate that sometimes kids are loud, or cry, or talk a lot and are repetitive in their questions. Just plug your headphones in and concentrate on the inflight entertainment! #coolmumclub

  • Paola

    Interesting topic!
    I flew both with and without kids. I will say kids-free flights are a good idea. When I fly solo, I often need to work and focus. In general I wouldn’t mark them as “kids-free”. I would just put restrictions to allow passengers to enjoy silence and focus. For instance, no alcohol served on board. No visibly drunk people admitted on board. Music devices without headphones forbidden. This sort of things :).
    That being said, I feel in general people should raise the bar of their tolerance. A crying baby is not the end of the world.

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