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‘Child-Free’ Zones On Planes Are An Awesome Idea

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shutterstock_148942964__1377286514_142.196.156.251Another airline announced this week that it has created “child-free” zones on their planes. Why can’t every, single airline jump on this bandwagon and make life easier for all of us?

From  ABC News:

Singaporean budget carrier Scoot has become the latest to ban babies and youngsters from a section of the aircraft.

For a $14 upgrade, Scoot passengers can sit within the “ScootinSilence” area, a 41-seat cabin prohibiting anyone under the age of 12 under. The child-free zone advertises itself under the auspice of ensured peace and quiet. It also offers additional legroom via Super or S-T-R-E-T-C-H seats, “offering 35” pitch – “4 more inches than the standard economy seat,” according to the carrier’s website.

No one likes to be on a plane with a crying infant or an unmanageable toddler. But there are some people who hate it so much that they can’t help but be unbelievable assholes about it. I think that it is great that these people can now pay for the $14 upgrade and just STFU, already.

Most people are reasonable and recognize when a parent is clearly trying their best to restrain and quiet their toddler or pacify and soothe their infant. Others seem to think there is some kind of “off” switch parents can push and are just refusing to do it – because clearly parents live to make childless travelers miserable. Ugh. I hate those people. The child-free arrangement makes it easier for everyone.

Yes, it kind of sucks that people have to pay extra for this – but oh well. They are getting extra legroom too. No one needs more legroom than a mother negotiating a diaper bag full of snacks and distractions to pacify a toddler strapped into an airplane seat – but whatever. You can have the extra legroom if it means you won’t be giving me the stink-eye for daring to not remain grounded because I decided to have a child.

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23 Comments

  1. Rachel Sea

    August 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I will pay double that for a section that requires that all passengers are reasonably sober, and hygienic. I’d ride with screaming babies all day long, if it guaranteed me no smelly drunk guys.

  2. Kalalu

    August 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Who gives a crap about pissing off the other passengers? I don’t want my kids fraaking out bc “I” don’t want to listen to it.

  3. CMJ

    August 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I would love a “No Assholes” section.

    • Paul White

      August 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Me too, but they might not let me in.

  4. CW

    August 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I hope they also ban alcohol from that section, because I have experienced much worse disruption from drunk adult passengers than I have from cranky babies & toddlers…

    • CrazyFor Kate

      August 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      How about that one guy who hasn’t flown in 40 years, hasn’t heard of a no-smoking flight, still thinks he gets a hot towel, and doesn’t realize it’s not cool to sexually harass the flight attendants anymore – and tells us his tale of airline woe in an extremely loud, braying voice? NO THIS NEVER HAPPENED WHY DO YOU ASK.

  5. Momma425

    August 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I have no problem with kids on a plane. I have to listen to my own child whine at my house (she hasn’t flown yet, but I’m sure she would find a way to tramatize flyers…I have faith in her), what’s a couple more screamers on the airplane?
    I might, however, get a seat in that section of the plane SIMPLY for the extra room. My big fat butt would enjoy the extra 4 inches.

  6. anon87

    August 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I understand children crying on airplanes; it’s loud and scary for them, they are stuck sitting down for long periods of time, and it hurts their ears. My issues with children on planes are the kicking of the back of my chair, or the constant opening and closing of the tray and whatnot. Or them sticking their feet on the sides of my head rest. I’ve given their parents the “half turn”, and asked their parents to possibly stop them from manhandling my seat. But most of the time I’m so squishes between two other strangers, or between a stranger and the window that I can’t turn around. I’d pay $14 just to not have my chair kicked.

  7. Frances Locke

    August 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’m guessing this is more about how much airlines need money and less about how much people hate kids. Don’t get me wrong, I seriously dislike the jerk-faces who give parents the stink eye when they’re trying their best to calm their child down, but I don’t see this as a bad thing necessarily. The kid-haters get their own section and the rest of us can live our lives and get to where we’re going.

    • Maria Guido

      August 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I seriously think it’s the best idea, ever.

  8. Tea

    August 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Neat!

    Can we chuck loud drunk guys into the back?

  9. Rachel

    August 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I plan to take my son to China at some point while he is young, and I still love this idea. It keeps pressure off parents with young kids (people really can’t complain that your child is crying if there is a whole no-child section of the plane), people who really can’t stand hearing a baby cry can sit in peace for another 14 bucks, the companies can make extra $$$ in a tougher economy without shrinking seat sizes even more.
    The thing is, though–you can totally pay an extra 14 bucks and still sit next to a caveperson who doesn’t believe in not sprawling over into your seat space. Or behind the asshole who believes that just because the seats CAN recline so far that s/he can lock eyes with the person behind him. Or, conversely, in front of the asshole who will flip if you try to recline an inch or two (my policy is to ask first, but still–some people). Or even the person who doesn’t believe in observing a little hygiene before locking him/herself in a metal tube with hundreds of people for hours. There are way worse seatmates than a crying baby.

  10. Annonna

    August 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I realize that babies and toddlers cry on airplanes. I know that it’s uncomfortable for them, and that in many cases the parents can’t do anything about it. (Some little snot nosed brat kicking the back of my seat, or crying and screaming and acting like a tiny asshole when he/she is old enough to hold a rational conversation is another story.) I would never be a jerk to a parent with a crying child on a plane. Do I like them? No way. Am I happy to see the couple with the baby seat sit across the row from me? No way. But that’s why god made vodka.

    And I would pay an extra 14 bucks for some more legroom and a child free section in a hot freaking minute. I’d pay quadruple that. At least. It doesn’t make me a bad person. It’s smart business. I wish they’d ofter the option on every airline, and in restaurants as well. It’s not like they’re banning kids or discriminating against them or even maligning them, really. It’s grown people, willing to spend extra money to not have to be subjected to children on top of everything else that sucks about air travel.

    • Paul White

      August 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      right there with yah. I don’t hate the kids, but would I pay 14 bucks for that on a long flight? God yes.

  11. Cee

    August 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Is this still on the same plane? In my experience, a child’s cries don’t magically disappear by moving from one part of the plane from another. Or, perhaps I have only gotten on very small planes?
    I understand kids cry. If it weren’t for good ol Xanax, I would be crying on a plane too. I have sensitivity to sound, if a kid (or other sounds) reaches a certain pitch, my ear will somehow connect to my forehead and turn it into a blinding headache I cannot stand. Yet, there is a solution for this! A nice pair of earphones. But there is no solution to a child that kicks the back of my seat throughout the whole flight. Well there is, it is telling a child that is not yours what not to do, which, usually brings out a creature called the “mama bear” whose irrational reactions can be as annoying as the kicking, so there is no pacifying that. But, parents give not shits about their kid kicking another person’s seat, they’re the assholes, not the kids, really.

  12. chickadee

    August 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I would pay $14 for the larger pitch. And yes, I’d like to avoid bad parents who don’t care if their kids misbehave….but that’s not the same thing as disliking kids on a plane. I flew with babies once upon a time, and they cried. And I was grateful that people were patient and kind.

  13. Jennie

    August 24, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Last time I was on a plane I had the window seat and the woman next to me had a 6 month old. The baby got a little fussy but I got to hold her and show her out the window :3 I’d pay a little extra to sit next to a wide-eyed well-behaved baby that I get to hold and then give back.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      August 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      I find that little babies can be much easier. There was a three-month-old on a flight I took to Amsterdam once and he just slept in that little airplane cradle thing. Now toddlers…oh boy.

  14. CrazyFor Kate

    August 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    14 bucks for no screaming babies and extra legroom? Hell, I don’t even mind the occasional crying kid that much (except on red-eyes, then noisy people of all kinds can go in dog crates for all I care), but I would so jump on that. JUST missed getting a Singapore flight to Moscow, opting to take a different airline through Toronto instead. Booo.

  15. yup

    August 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    There’s a 10 dollar child-free section on the ferry near my house. I have yet to use it, but I definitely think about it

  16. rrlo

    August 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I wish there was a “drunk free zone” or “loud people” free zone… The only people who get so much grief for being obnoxious on an airplane are the ones who are not doing it on purpose (that is the kids).

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