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Would You Pay Extra for a Kid-Free Flight?

If you’ve ever been trapped on a flight with a screaming baby you may have dreamed about being able to book an adults-only flight. 

You’re not alone—a new survey from the online passport photo site PhotoAid found that eight out of ten travelers want the option for kid-free flights. 

Most flyers are even willing to pay extra for some peace and quiet. The survey showed that 64 percent of travelers would pay between 10-30 percent more for an adults-only flight. 


Even parents are onboard with the idea of kid-free flights, with 83 percent of the demographic saying they would pay for the privilege. After all, if you’ve paid good money to vacation away from your children, you certainly don’t want to listen to someone else’s scream throughout a flight. 

However, a child-free flight doesn’t guarantee a peaceful flying experience—there are certainly plenty of annoying or overserved adult passengers you could get stuck with as a seatmate.

According to the study, most people would still rather sit next to a “screaming, crying, or misbehaving child” than a “rude, hygienically challenged, loudly talking, or otherwise annoying adult.”

Until there are adults-only flights available, the best solution to dealing with a screaming baby (or obnoxious adult seatmate) is noise canceling headphones, so don’t forget to pack yours. 

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