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Most annoying aspects of air travel: survey

What irritates you most when flying?

Forget inadequate legroom or poor meals, a new survey has found that more than anything else, Australians find “crying babies” the most annoying aspect of air travel. 



Nearly one in three (30%) respondents in the study, which was conducted by, rated crying babies as most irritating, followed by a “snoring seat-mate” (24% of those polled), broken entertainment system (24%) and a seat near the toilets (20%). 


“As a mother, I can say that being trapped in a tin can at 30,000 feet with a hysterical baby is no holiday,” comparetravelinsurance director Natalie Ball said.


“Flying with babies and young children can be far more stressful than most people realise. 


“Whether you’re the long-suffering caregiver or the unlucky passenger sat beside a howling baby, it’s important to stay calm and in control.”


The results of the survey come after a recent poll revealed that most Aussie parents believe that infants should not fly.


To manage flight frustrations, Compare suggests speaking to cabin crew if the noise is too much to bear, flying with noise cancelling headphones or earplugs, engaging in polite ‘confrontation’, practicing compassion and tolerance, and coming prepared.


“Eat a meal beforehand, bring a good book and a neck pillow, and allow yourself plenty of time to get to the airport,” it suggests.


What annoys you most about flying?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 1 October 2019

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