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Sound-proof children's sections and cocktail bars – a passenger's 'dream aircraft'

Cocktail bars in upper class are a reality, but remain a dream for most, says Skyscanner Cocktail bars in upper class are a reality, but remain a dream for most, says Skyscanner
Sound-proof children’s areas, anti-kick seats, free iPads, a singles section and a cocktail bar, all make up a typical passenger’s dream aircraft, a new survey claims.

Sound-proof children’s areas, anti-kick seats, free iPads, a singles section and a cocktail bar, all make up a typical passenger’s dream aircraft, a new survey claims.

Massaging chairs, capsule-style bunks, showers, a cinema and transparent floors and ceilings also featured in the Skyscanner poll.

One in four UK passengers wanted facilities to reduce noise and annoyance caused by flying families – with 18% asking for sound-proof family areas and another 8% wanting anti-kick seats.

Capsule bunks were requested by 20% of those surveyed with other relaxation options such as massaging chairs (8%), iPads (5%), and a cinema (3%), also featuring in the top 10.

The list was completed by suggestions ranging from the practical – showers (4%) – to the ridiculous – transparent floors (5%), singles section (4%) and cocktail bar (2%).

The survey was completed ahead of the launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is set to take to the UK skies this August.

Skyscanner’s Mary Porter said: “As a mother myself, I am well aware of the stress that travelling with children can lead to – both for parents and those seated around them – so I am not surprised that sound-proof sections and anti-kick seats scored so highly.

“Sadly as appealing as many of these features sound, we are not aware of any airline’s plans to include them at the moment – although for those fliers lucky enough to fly upper class, some dream features such as beds, showers and cocktail bars are indeed part of their luxury flying experience.

“For the rest of us it will continue to be just a dream.”

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