Ever since a woman sued an airline because her eardrums apparently burst due to a three year old screaming, the hot topic of conversation as the moment is child-free flights, or family-only sections on planes. Since then, flight comparison website Skyscanner, published a survey that says 60% of people would like a kids-only section on aeroplanes.
Whilst I understand sitting next to a screaming baby or misbehaving child can make your blood pressure go through the roof, (I get annoyed even though I have a child), child-free section or flights – what a stupid idea!
My 2 year old has always been a good traveller, she’s never screamed or played up. I personally couldn’t think of anything worse than being squashed amongst other families.
There’s plenty of adult passengers who don’t exactly set the perfect example of good behaviour either. They’re often loud, obnoxious and extremely annoying. I’d personally like snoring-free sections,or to be able to sit in a section where super-sized people who take up 2 seats actually paid for an extra seat, instead of being allowed to squash into one, thus making passengers next to them suffer for duration of the flight. Sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you’re not. I do wish people would stop whining.
But child-free sections on planes is a ridiculous idea, isn’t it? Noise travels, so unless families were in an enclosed, sound-proof cabin of their own, it wouldn’t work. What about families who choose to fly in business or first class, would they be banned? And, can airlines actually force families into a family only section if they paid the same price for tickets as everyone else? I can’t believe you can penalise people for flying with children, it must contravene every antidiscrimination law.
I do think some parents don’t seem to give a s**t about other passengers, they could be much more considerate. For example by being more aware of their children and the noise they are making; by trying to calm screaming babies by walking them around (or many parents swear by Calpol!); by making sure children have things to keep them entertained; by getting kids to put headphones on if they’re watching DVDs or playing Nintendo DS’s, etcetera, etcetera. There’s plenty of things you can do. Top-tips-for-stress-free-flying-with-babies-and-young-children
Then again, many passengers flying without kids need to learn a bit of tolerance.
So what’s the solution? If you don’t like it, buy some ear plugs, have a glass of wine and chill out!
How do you feel about kids-only sections on planes?