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Passengers back family-only section

Three in five air passengers would like to see family-only sections on planes, according to a poll.

And as many as 25% of people without children said they would like to see child-free flights, the survey by travel research site Skyscanner found

The biggest support (68%) for family-only sections on flights came from non-parents among the 2,000 people surveyed.

Only 8% of those without children reckoned people should be able to sit where they like on planes, with nearly 70% wanting to sit "as far away as possible from children".

Of those who were parents, 45% said they did not want a families-only section because they preferred not to sit next to "other people's horrors" while 24% disagreed with the idea because they felt that people should be able to "sit where they liked".

Just 31% of parents were in favour of an allocated section for families.

Other suggestions put forward included the provision of a baby nursery and only allowing well-behaved children to travel. One respondent suggested "children should go in the hold".

Skyscanner public relations manager Mary Porter said: "As a relatively new mum myself I can still remember that feeling of dread when you found yourself seated next to a baby on a long flight.

"However since regularly flying with my one-year-old, I am much more aware of what a stressful, and often embarrassing, situation it can be for parents.

"When tempers are frayed, a screaming child can cause a major disturbance for fellow passengers."

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