What the study claims to show is that people would embrace an equitable fee-driven solution that pleases everybody without offending anyone. What it actually shows is that if you ask a bunch of people whether airlines should provide more "choices" and "freedoms" then you'll get agreement. That's because most people don't suspect that in the airline world "choice" is just another word for fee restructuring.
Anyway, here's the punchline at the very bottom of the article, coincidentally courtesy of the very firm that did the study:
'When tempers are frayed, a screaming child can cause a major disturbance for fellow passengers. 'If passengers are prepared to pay extra for child-free flying, perhaps the solution is a premium adults-only section, rather than a pre-allocated families section, giving airlines yet another extra they can charge for?
Which isn't to say that children aren't little squirming blood pressure machines. Or even that airlines won't one day offer people the chance to sit in blissful isolation (above and beyond business and first class options that are, umm, that). But as far as this study goes, you'd think they'd try a little bit harder with the whole making it believable thing.
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