Four in ten parents would leave kids alone in economy to enjoy first class flight

By Andrew Young

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

A survey of 2,000 mums and dads of kids aged 18 and under found 55 percent dread the prospect of flying with their children.

As a result, nearly one in ten would leave a child of any age alone if they were given the complimentary chance to "turn left" and sit in luxury with a glass of champagne.

The same percentage would wait until their child was over five before doing so, nine percent consider 10 to be an appropriate age, while 12 percent would wait until their child is 15.

Overall, the average age that it's acceptable for a child to sit on their own on a flight was deemed to be 13-and-a-half.

The average acceptable age for leaving a child alone on a plane is believed to be 13-and-a-half years old (Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

A spokesman for private Covid testing company Medicspot, which conducted the research, said: “Family holidays are fantastic but there is no doubt that the time spent at the airport and on the plane can be amongst the most daunting for parents.

"We love taking our kids on holiday with us, but given the opportunity, many of us would relish the opportunity to have some free time and a bit of luxury at 30,000ft."

The research found that 76 percent of parents had been on a flight with their children.

General bad behaviour topped a list of parent’s biggest concerns, followed by travel sickness and fear of flying.

A third of parents said their kids have had tantrums at the airport when waiting for their flight - while 36 percent admitted they had felt embarrassed by their kids' behaviour when they were on holiday.

And there is sympathy for those who aren’t travelling with kids - with 55 percent of parents thinking parts of an aircraft should be reserved for families with children so other people don't have to sit with them.

With travelling restrictions recently eased, one in five respondents said they are planning on going on a foreign holiday during half term this month.

And after President Joe Biden allowed Brits to visit once again, the USA was the joint-top destination of choice for families alongside Spain.

Almost two-thirds (62 percent) admitted they were nervous about taking their child on their first holiday.

But despite this, 83 percent said holidays are where families make their best memories, according to the OnePoll data.

The spokesman for Medicspot added: “As travelling restrictions continue to be eased and the world opens up once again, it’s good to see families have the intention of going abroad and making new memories.”


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