Survey Shows Adult Flights Gaining Popularity

Travel News — By Morgan DeBoer on February 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

A recent survey showed that many business class travelers would like major airlines to offer adult only flights – meaning no children allowed, not meaning a 747 full of people angling to get in the Mile High Club.

Dave Richardson, a journalist, is pushing airlines like British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates to look into the results of the study and take action. He likes the idea of separating families to their own zone of the plane or creating “quiet cabins” for travelers without children. This idea is already in place in some trains in the US and UK.

According to the Daily Mail, Virgin Atlantic has no plans to segregate people with children on their flights. Former director of that airline, Paul Charles said it would be a mistake.

Frank Barrett, The Mail on Sunday’s travel editor, also said it wouldn’t be a good idea to isolate or remove families. He claimed it would be unethical and would be a “dangerous step” that could lead to banning other groups of passengers.

The survey showed that 75% of business class passengers were bothered by children while 15% said they wished business class and economy class were more seperated. 18% were upset that economy class passengers can sometimes be upgraded to business class for free.

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Tags: air travel, airlines, Business Class, children, travel


  • MichaelM says:

    An interesting concept that has been done before. In March 1969, I was one of about 40 passengers on a United Airlines Caravelle, which was an all-first-class and all-male flight called “The Executive.” It flew, as I recall, four flights a day. One early morning and late evening from NYC to ORD; and the same in reverse. The flight stopped in South Bend and Cleveland. My fare was $54 each way. Two drinks and a steak dinner were included. The flights were discontinued in 1970 or 1971 as United retired its Caravelles and the business climate began to change.

  • Alice M says:

    Words and phrases like “segregate”and “ban” are supercharged and discouraging. Travel is made less than pleasurable so so often by crying babies and whining children. While I am totally not in favor of banning children from flying, to add adults only flights for transcontinental and transoceanic travel makes a lot of sense.

    Countless times when I have been on long flights with the crying going on I have wished for the option of booking an adults only flight at a premium.

    These flights could be superregulated in that there would be restrictions on frequency, and no flights that were adults only could be the only option on that date for travel.

    To perceive this option as dangerous is silly. There is no danger in offering travelers more choices.


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