Earlier this month Malaysian Airlines hit the headlines as they became the first airline to ‘ban’ babies from its first class section. The move split opinion, causing outrage by many parents while many others supported the ban.
A survey of 2,000 people by flight comparison site Skyscanner, found that 66% of respondents did in fact support the ban, appearing to show that travellers have great prejudice against flying families.
However, other results from the same survey indicate that, rather than becoming less tolerant of infants and children on board, travellers are actually becoming more relaxed in their views.
Skyscanner asked the same question to its users last year, which revealed that almost twice as many respondents (20%) wanted child-free flights, compared to the current poll in which only 12% wanted child free flights. Last year 60% of respondents wanted a family-only section while this year the figure has dropped to 54%.
Mary Porter, Skyscanner PR Manager and mother of one, commented:
“I can understand that many child-free travellers would prefer not to be seated close to young children when flying, however, it’s encouraging to see that a more tolerant outlook towards parents travelling with kids seems to be evolving.
“I don’t believe that it is a practical option for airlines to offer child-free areas except, as Malaysian Airlines has done by limiting this to first class. Therefore airlines must do all they can to support parents flying with young families which will ensure a more pleasurable flying experience for both the family and those seated around them.”