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Majority of Aussies support "child-free" zones on transport

MORE than half of Australians support the creation of child-free zones on planes and trains as part of national travel arrangements.

A survey of 3,100 Australians discovered 55 per cent supported the zones, showing a split in our national tolerance for troublesome tots. 

Budget carrier IndiGo has already adopted the "quiet zone" policy for premium seats, drawing some ire from customers.

"The policy is discrimatory," a disgruntled customer told the Hindustan Times.

Some have even banned infants from first class cabins, sparking discussion around how transport companies should try to cater to all kinds of travellers.

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"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," said Mr Jonathan Etkind, Commercial Manager of InsureandGo.

"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," added Mr Etkind.

To help families InsureandGo have five tips to make travelling with young children as smooth as possible.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Topics:  airlines indigo insureandgo

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