Tourism

Kids on planes issue rears ugly head

Aussie travellers love to play, but seemingly have no time for playtime, according to a new study which found more than half of us want child-free zones on planes and trains.

Conducted by online travel insurance provider Insure and Go, the study aimed to uncover Australians’ attitudes towards exclusive areas for families with children on transport, turn out, it’s we’re all for it.

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The survey of over 3,100 Australians found that Australia was divided over the issue of child-free zones, with just over half (55%) of respondents supporting such a measure on planes and trains.

Several budget airline carriers have already introduced similar initiatives, while some have banned infants from first class cabins, sparking discussion around how transport companies should try to cater to all kinds of travellers.

“While the results show that the majority of Australians would like to see exclusive areas for children and parents, it’s hard to say whether this is a movement that will be adopted more widely by airlines and transport companies globally,” InsureandGo Commercial Manager Jonathan Etkind said.

“As a parent myself, I know how many parents feel when their child has a moment on a flight or on other modes of transport when travelling. In most cases people are very understanding, but for some it may be a disruption to what might otherwise be a more peaceful trip.”

“Our family-friendly coverage is popular as it offers greater flexibility when travelling with minors and is an affordable option that won’t break the budget. We believe travel should be for everyone, but regardless of who or where they’re travelling, we encourage every Australian to purchase the right travel insurance policy to suit their needs,” he added.

So what are Insurance and Go’s top travelling tips?

  • Turn your glasses into a stand

While a number of airlines offer inflight entertainment, if you find yourself caught without a screen it may be hard to keep your children entertained. Simply preload something to watch on your phone, place your sunglasses on your tray table and use it to mount your phone so your child can enjoy their favourite movies or TV shows.

  • Pack your own headphones

While many travel providers will provide headphones to enjoy the onboard entertainment, try packing your own as these may not be as comfortable as ones designed specifically for children.

  • Plan your booking

Booking overnight travel that matches up with young infants sleeping patterns can make for a smoother trip for families. This helps children to adjust to new time zones and arrive refreshed at your destination.

  • Pack smarter with clips

If you’re running out of room in your child’s backpack, try using clips or carabiners to create extra space. That way you will have easy access to essentials like water bottles which can be needed on a long haul flight.

  • Pack outfits separately

Making sure you’ve got enough clothes before you leave can be stressful. Pack your child’s outfits into plastic bags by outfits to ensure you have the right clothes. It will also help save you time when you need to get them dressed.



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