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Keep in mind that the survey sample is small, but its responses highlight common wishes for air travel: better accommodations for those who need it, quieter planes, and fewer fees.

The nation’s airlines would be best improved if they allowed disabled travelers to board first, created child-free zones on planes and stopped charging extra for seats with a few more inches of legroom.

Those were some of the findings when the travel review website SmarterTravel recently surveyed 1,191 of its readers and asked “How should travel change in 2013?”

In the survey, 77 percent said disabled travelers should get to board first, 58 percent said airlines should offer child-free zones and 68 percent said airlines should not charge more for extra roomy seats that had previously been offered at the regular economy fare.

When asked whether use of electronic devices should be allowed on takeoffs and landings, 22 percent said yes, 37 percent said no and 41 percent said maybe.

(c)2012 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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