Travelling Brits Abhor Unruly Children

A survey has shown that British citizens consider that the possibility of being in the vicinity of unruly children is their biggest apprehension when travelling.

The survey by TripAdvisor, which is claimed to be one of the world’s largest travel sites, said that having to tolerate misbehaving children was one of the most negative flying experiences for Britons.

The survey, which questioned 2,000 UK citizens, set out to discover what concerned them the most while taking a flight. According to the survey, 22 percent, or about a quarter of respondents claimed that having a child kicking at the back of their seat was their biggest concern. Another 22 percent said that they were concerned and frustrated when parents failed to prevent their children from spoiling someone else’s travelling experience. However, the top concern, according to 29 percent of travelling Britons, is inconsiderate seat recliners imposing on their personal space.

The survey revealed that UK travellers have been made so angry by previous experiences of flying next to unruly children, that about 37 percent of them said they would pay higher fares for a child-free flight. While 34 percent of traveller said that kids should not be allowed inside first-class or business-class cabins, 36 percent felt that they should be given a chance.

A spokesperson for TripAdvisor said, ‘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.’