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Travellers want child-free flights


MORE than half of Britons would back the introduction of adults-only flights, according to a new poll.

Nearly two thirds of respondents said that “loud children” were their biggest in-flight bugbear – ahead of poor food and a lack of legroom – while 53pc supported child-free flights.

Two-fifths of those surveyed would support the removal of reclining seats from all aircraft – citing irritation at those passengers who use the option. A quarter called for their removal on short-haul services.

More than half of the 1,666 adults who completed the survey, carried out by Jetcost.co.uk, also expressed anger at airlines who do not offer allocated seating.

The issue of child-free flights is a perennial one, with several surveys in recent years indicating that the majority of travellers would support the proposal, but few, if any, airlines have introduced such a policy.

But this week Malaysian Airlines announced plans to ban children under the age of 12 from the top deck on its A380 aircrafts.

Tengku Azmil, the airline’s chief executive, said the move was in response to a large number of complaints from passengers on Twitter about crying children.

Malaysian Airlines’ first A380 service will fly between Kuala Lumpur and London.