Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Family cabin might suit everyone'

Published 21/03/2011 | 05:00

"Business travellers already pay a premium. Part of the reason they do so is to avoid children. They expect that section of the plane to be adult only, but children have always been brought into the business cabin and the airport lounge.

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"My own experience is that business class children tend to be very spoilt and noisy. There aren't enough of them to cause a serious problem on the general scale of things, but they can spoil a flight.

"Airlines are not going to bar children, although they have been known to move unruly passengers, of all ages, back to coach if they do not comply with warnings or cause a disturbance."

-- Eoghan Corry, editor 'Travel Extra' and travel correspondent with the Pat Kenny show

"There are few of us who wouldn't relish the thought of a peaceful trip with no screaming babies from the row in front. But the introduction of passenger apartheid is a tricky area. Where does it end? Are other types of passengers going to be segregated?

"While I'd rather sit next to a well-behaved five-year-old than a passenger with bad body odour, I don't believe in sending smelly people to the back of the plane.

"In the long run, I don't think segregation will reflect well on the airline.

"I can understand the frustration of business-class passengers who pay a premium for a comfortable, stress-free and peaceful journey which is then compromised by an unruly child.

"For long-haul journeys, the option of a family cabin could work to everyone's benefit -- parents aren't stressed about upsetting other passengers and children are in the company of other families and children."

-- Orla Neligan, editor 'Abroad Magazine' and 'Business Traveller' magazine

"We welcome children on board our flights and only recently we launched a new 'kids concept'. For SAS, it is not about segregating children, but rather, it is about welcoming children on board and ensuring that we cater to their needs in the same way that we do for adults."

-- Alan Sparling, country manager SAS Ireland

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