Four in ten parents would leave kids alone in economy class on aircraft if offered upgrade

Four in ten parents admit that if they were offered a free upgrade to first class they would leave their children in economy seats on an airplane.

A survey of 2,000 mothers and fathers of children under the age of 18 found that 55 percent are afraid of flying with their children.

As a result, almost one in ten would leave a child of any age alone if they had the free chance to “turn left” and sit in luxury with a glass of champagne.

The same percentage would wait until their child is over five years old, nine percent consider 10 an appropriate age, while 12 percent would wait until their child is 15 years old.

Overall, the average age at which a child can sit alone on a flight was estimated to be 13 and a half.

A spokesman for a private Covid testing company Medicspot, who conducted the study, said, “Family vacations are fantastic, but there is no doubt that spending time at the airport and on the plane can be one of the most daunting for parents.

“We love taking our kids on vacation, but many of us would enjoy the opportunity to have some free time and a bit of luxury at 30,000 feet.”

The study found that 76 percent of parents were on a flight with their children.

General bad behavior was high on the list of parents’ top concerns, followed by motion sickness and fear of flying.

A third of parents said their children had tantrums while waiting for their flight at the airport – while 36 percent said they felt embarrassed about their children’s behavior while on vacation.

And there is sympathy for those who don’t travel with children – 55 percent of parents think that parts of an airplane should be reserved for families with children so that others don’t have to sit with them.

With travel restrictions recently eased, one in five respondents said they would like to take a vacation abroad during the semester break this month.

And after President Joe Biden allowed the British to visit again, the United States was the top family travel destination alongside Spain.

Almost two thirds (62 percent) said they were nervous about taking their child with them on their first vacation.

Even so, 83 percent said holidays are where families get their best memories, according to OnePoll data.

The Medicspot spokesman added, “As travel restrictions continue to ease and the world opens up again, it’s good to see families intend to go abroad and make new memories.”


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