Airline Introduce Child-Free Zone On Flights And The Internet Divides
October 10, 2016
One of the world’s biggest budget airlines has just announced a new ‘quiet zone’ for its premium seats, meaning that children under the age of 12 aren’t allowed in those areas.
Indian budget carrier, IndiGo, has stated that the new policy has been introduced to allow corporate travellers some peace and quiet and while the cry of a child has the volume to fill an aircraft, the policy would help the airline control where the families sit.
The airline have stated: ‘Keeping in mind that the comfort and convenience of all passengers, row numbers 1-4 and 11-14 are generally kept as a Quiet zone on IndiGo flights. These zones have been created for business travellers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work.’
IndiGo have also stated that children are not allowed to sit in rows 1, 12 and 13 where the emergency exits are found, as well as additional leg room.
The news has divided the internet, with some naming it as discrimination:
While we’re at it-let’s have child free buses, child free sports games, child free parks… #childfreeflights are discrimination!
— LorenaKanani (@LorenaKanani) August 14, 2015
There has also been reactions of outrage from parents whilst some now feel the policy has made them feel unwelcome with their children on flights:
We have a one year old, and if you don’t want him on your flight too bad! He has a right to travel too! So selfish! #childfreeflights
— NMcDaniel (@NashiaMcDaniel) August 13, 2015
IndiGo is not the first airline to attempt to segregate babies and toddlers from other passengers. In 2013 Singapore airline, Scoot, introduced a ScootinSilence upgrade for travellers to move to rows 21-25 where children under the age of 12 were banned from sitting.
The airline’s CEO, Campbell Wilson, stated: ‘No offence to our young guests or those travelling with you- you still have the rest of the aircraft’.
AirAsiaX has also introduced kid-free zones, whilst in 2011 Malaysia Airlines blazed a trail when it banned infants from 1st class; the following year it created a no-kids zone in economy class, too.
The newly introduced policy has come as a relief to a significant amount of the public and famously something that has been longed for for a while:
I would pay triple for #childfreeflights. Nothing worse than a long flight next to screaming kids.
— Camille (@_camilletweets) August 14, 2015
And it seems some parents themselves have recognised the problem enough to support the new policy:
#childfreeflights I would feel better about flying with my little one if I knew others around me didn’t mind being around us too
— Teressa Buchheit (@teressabuchheit) August 15, 2015
Although there has been a plea for the child-free zones on flights to be introduced in other areas of the world, including the UK and the US, British Airways shows no sign of any plan to follow the trend, a spokesman said: ‘British Airways is a family-friendly airline and we ensure families are boarded first and children served first too during the flight’.
So, what are your thoughts on the news? Are you all in favour of a flight with child-free zones or do you disagree that families should be seperated from the rest if flying with children? Have you ever had a stressful flight with children? Leave us your thoughts!
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