Survey Finds Many Passengers, Including Parents,
Wary of Young Travelers
June 12, 2001, NEW YORK – Ask many air travelers and they’d agree: they’d rather roll about in a field of cactus than place themselves in the care of a major air carrier. Between the delays, the lost luggage and the no-star dining, there are a lot of reasons why the flying public is disenchanted.
Among the most distressing, according to a recent survey: being seated in the vicinity of a child or infant, or worse yet, being that child’s parent.
A recent nationwide survey conducted online by Harris Interactive for EarPlanes reveals that nearly one out of three people have serious misgivings about being seated next to kids on an airplane. Twenty-five percent of respondents said that they’d feel “apprehensive” about the “crying and flailing” of young children, while seven percent said they would go so far as to try to change seats.
Even the parents themselves are leery of boarding airplanes with little ones. In fact, one-third (34%) of parents with children under 10 admit that they “dread” flying with their own kids. Whether it’s brother and sister pulling each other’s hair, snack deprivation or the resounding cry of “mommy my ears hurt,” parents can have a tough time keeping children happy and comfortable.
One serious problem that often leads to children loudly “verbalizing” their displeasure with flying is ear pain during take-off and landing. The major reason for this: take-offs and landings cause unequal pressure between the cabin and the child’s inner ear, which can be excruciatingly painful.
And while adults may not be as quick as kids to let others know it, they can experience this problem too, especially when suffering from colds or allergies.
EarPlanes are patented earplugs designed to combat in-flight ear pain. By regulating the pressure difference between the inner ear and the cabin, they help both children and adults feel more comfortable. With EarPlanes in place, aviators of all ages can enjoy air travel that’s pain and aggravation-free, at least until the galley runs out of coffee…or scotch.
Source: Ellen Werther - www.maloneyfox.com