Kids-only section on airplanes?

Posted on 11:19 PM by
A fussy baby makes everyone anxious on a plane.
Passengers are angered and sometimes even sent into a rage by the sounds of a crying child.
The actual parents are uneasy because they know the noise is annoying, and then there are the flight attendants who are serving drinks to a plane load of edgy people.
What's the solution? A kids-only section on the airplane, according to a recent survey conducted by Skyscanner, a fare-comparison website.
Nearly 60 percent of more than 2,000 travelers polled say they want airlines to create such a section, according to Skyscanner. Nearly 20 percent went as far to say they'd prefer child-free flights.
USA Today reports:
Skyscanner posted the poll on its site Aug. 11-23, after a confidential settlement last month between Qantas and a 67-year-old American passenger who sued the Australian airline after a 3-year-old screamed on her flight last year. The woman complained of excruciating pain in her ears and was taken to a hospital before the Darwin-bound flight departed from Alice Springs.
Most poll respondents in favor of creating a families-only section said they don't have young children and "want to sit as far away as possible" from them.
Skyscanner spokeswoman Mary Porter says results of the unscientific poll are not surprising. A previous poll found that young children are the "most annoying" factor on flights. "I can still remember that feeling of dread when you found yourself seated next to a baby on a long flight," Porter says. "However, since regularly flying with my 1-year-old, I am much more aware of what a stressful and often embarrassing situation it can be for parents."
The Air Transport Association of America declined to comment. But at least two airlines, Southwest and JetBlue, say they have not looked into assigning parts of the plane to families.
What do you think? Should airplanes have a kids-only section?

14 comments:

Everyday Mama said...

Only if they charge a higher fee for those traveling without kids. They can pay to fly first class or business class if they don't want to be near kids. Of course that's only if there are no kids in that section either. People need to remember that they were also young once and that the parents are not enjoying their plane ride either. Bring your own earplugs is the best advice one can give for those cranky passengers.

Briana said...

Oh well if there will be a section for kids on the plane I would think it is a brilliant idea. But situation like that is tolerable and other passenger should also consider that kids are just kids and we should understand them.

Alicia said...

Kids are kids... and no matter what we do their nature is to make noise and irritate us. But to parents would they allow their kids to be staying in one place without their supervision? I doubt it!

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