Would you pay extra for a kid-free flight?

If you’ve been stuck on a long flight next to a screaming child, you’ve probably entertained the idea of adults-only flights.

If so, you’re not alone. Online passport photo site PhotoAid reached out to see where more than 1000 travellers stand on the issue. The results show that eight out of 10 people want the option to be able to travel kid free. With premium passengers (89 per cent), non-parents (87 per cent), and men (85 per cent) the most in favour of the idea.

With premium passengers, 67 per cent claim they’d even pay an extra 10 to 30 per cent per flight to ensure the absence of screaming children.

For those who fly mostly economy, the majority (57 per cent) wouldn’t pay more than 10 per cent extra for a kid-free short-haul flight (less than three hours).

For medium-haul flights (between three and six hours) the majority of premium passengers (71 per cent) again said they would pay between 10 and 30 per cent extra for the guarantee of a quiet flight. A whopping 49 per cent of those flying economy said they would also pay between an extra 10 and 30 per cent.

Finally, for long-haul flights of six hours or more, 64 per cent of all flyers would cough up between 10 and 30 per cent extra per flight ticket for some quiet time.

The results make sense, the shorter the flight, the less likely you are to want to get some sleep on the plane so a bit of noise probably won’t bother you so much.

Here’s who travellers mostly blame when a child interrupts their peace and quiet on a flight:

Interestingly, the study found that 60 per cent of respondents would prefer to be seated next to a “crying, wailing or otherwise misbehaving’ child rather than a rude, hygienically challenged, loudly talking or otherwise annoying adult”.

Who would you rather sit next to? Would you pay extra for a kid-free flight? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below?

Also read: Tips for combating aches and pains on flights

Ellie Baxter
Ellie Baxter
Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.


  1. It should be illegal for airlines to offer a child free flight. Society is already rapidly devaluing children and families. They are the essential keystone of a thriving society. We should be doing all we can to encourage children and families to travel and explore this world.. Airlines and everyone else needs to be remember today’s screaming child on a plane, is the futures scientist or inventor or business person or sportsperson and so on . Whose future travels benefit us all.

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