Most commercial airlines have clearly adopted an a la carte pricing approach to try to both lure consumers with low base prices and to still try to make a profit. I recently flew United Airlines and was offered everything from 5 inches more legroom ($39) to access to a special speedy TSA security line ($19.99).
It seems everything has its price.
And, if the airlines listen to a recent poll, perhaps the opportunity to travel without having screaming children nearby would be a new revenue source.
What would you pay for an adults-only section on a plane? Or would you opt for a pre-allocated families section that allowed you the comfort of knowing you were'nt bothering anybody with your teething two-year old.Skyscanner, a Scotland-based cheap fare comparison website, says 59 percent of travelers (68% of non-parents) responding to its survey agree with the idea of seating families with kids in their own section on planes.
It seems that 70 percent want to sit "as far away as possible from children." And about a quarter of non-parent respondents went one step further saying that they would prefer flights that are free of children.
"As a relative new mum myself I can still remember that feeling of dread when you found yourself seated next to a baby on a long flight," says Skyscanner's spokeswoman Mary Porter. "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."