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CHILD FRIENDLY CABINS, EXTRA BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE AND BUGGIES ON BOARD
Just some of the things parents are calling for to improve the family flying experience
Exploding nappies, projectile vomiting and interminable screaming are just some of the challenges faced by parents when travelling with their children, a new survey has revealed.
The survey interviewed over 600 parents to identify their biggest fears about travelling abroad, particularly by air, with young children in tow and to establish whether airlines and airport authorities are doing enough to support them.
The research has been commissioned by Julia Minchin, the founder of Hippychick, a nursery accessories specialist, whose foray into motherhood was the inspiration for her business. Having travelled long haul with three under-fives, no-one knows better than her the challenges involved ‘One child is trying enough in a cramped aircraft cabin but with three, it’s virtually impossible to juggle changing a soiled nappy in a tiny, confined space, another from racing up and down the aisles and the other from spilling their food or vomiting all over themselves and you.’
32% of those questioned had never even entertained the thought of travelling by plane with youngsters. So can anything be done to encourage more to take to the skies? 83% agreed that family friendly sections on the aircraft would offer an effective solution. ‘It would make parents feel more relaxed which would undoubtedly have a more calming effect on fractious kids’ continues Julia. They wouldn’t have to worry quite so much about their toddler kicking the seat in front of them or wanting to play peek-a-boo with the person behind.’
24% of those who had travelled on planes with small children claimed it was a stressful experience and many of those interviewed volunteered, unprompted, that it was their fellow child-free passengers who caused them the most stress with their intolerant attitude. However, a carefree contingent (35%) conversely admitted that they would not give a monkey about what their little monkeys get up to on a flight. After all, they have as much right to be on that aircraft as everyone else.
Although attitudes have apparently changed, almost half of the respondents still cited breastfeeding on a plane as one of their biggest dreads about flying with a baby. A whopping 96% were more concerned about the anticipation of a squealing, squirming toddler who refuses to put on their seatbelt.
Julia, along with 60.5% of respondents has a real bugbear about buggy regulations. ‘You have to leave it at the departure gate but what are you supposed to do when you arrive at your destination? Sometimes, you have to walk for what feels like miles to get to baggage reclaim. When you have tired, irritable children in tow, and no buggy for them to sit in, this part of the journey can turn into a painful ordeal.’
Most respondents agreed that airlines were pretty stingy when it comes to baggage allowance for travelling families. 64.3% agreed that carriers should be more flexible and generous, not only with hold luggage but with carry-on, too. Many parents highlighted examples of where their child had been sick or had diarrhoea on the plane and their carry-on luggage had not allowed for enough changes of clothes.
Kids falling ill were revealed as parents’ primary dread in anticipation of holidays abroad and having to cope subsequently with strange hospital procedures and non-English speaking staff. In second place was substandard equipment such as car seats which may not confirm to UK standards. Two thirds of parents also agreed that sleeping arrangements were a concern with children sleeping in strange beds and potentially falling out in the middle of the night.
When asked to reveal their most painful travelling experiences, parents spouted forth with no holds barred. From having to eat their own baby’s food at security to prove it actually was baby food to being delayed for nine hours with no baby food at all, it’s a wonder any families take to the skies at all.
I can feel where these parents are coming from as I am sure you can too which is why Hippy Chick have offered a Hip Seat to one of my readers. To be in with the chance of winning simply enter via the gleam widget below.
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