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No-Kid Sections on Airplanes

Another Airline Implements a No-Kid Zone

To get peace and quiet, do you have to ban kids? More than one airline thinks so. Scoot, the low-budget carrier for Singapore Airlines, just became the latest airline to introduce child-free quiet zones on planes, USA Today reports.

For an $18 fee, passengers can upgrade to the 41-seat ScootinSilence cabin, which prohibits children 12 and younger and also features more headroom and legroom than the rear section.

Other airline carriers have made similar moves. AirAsia X, which flies from Australia to Maylasia, has banned babies from sections of its plane and does not allow children under 12 years old to sit in the first seven rows of economy class. Malaysia Airlines also bans infants from sitting in first class in its Airbus A380 superjumbos.

The airlines that have implemented no-kid zones say they did so after receiving complaints from other passengers. But "young guests or those traveling with them should not take offense," says Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson, adding, “You still have the rest of the aircraft."

What do you think of the no-kid policy?

Source: Scoot
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alistone alistone 2 years
They're not actually banning kids from taking the flight -- they're just making a "no kids section." I have a 2-year-old and I think this is a great idea! I've been wondering why they haven't done this yet. I'd love for us to be in a section that is fine with kids being around them. Would put us all at ease. I could see how it could be seen as prejudicial, but I'm thinking it's a pretty good idea.
KellyWalkerEveritt KellyWalkerEveritt 2 years
Oh and as for tolerance and compassion, what about people with kids showing it towards those others, why do we have to cater the kids? I know my kid can be loud and I felt bad for the people around us if she got fussy, even if she couldn't help it. I never felt like telling the people next to me, deal with it and suck it up. I also made her apologize when she kicked someone's seat. You see it works both ways. So if someone can pay for some peace because they don't want to deal with kids, they should have that option.
KellyWalkerEveritt KellyWalkerEveritt 2 years
I think it's perfectly fair to have no kid zones. I have a daughter and when we traveled when she was young I did everything I could to keep her happy and sometimes she still would get mad. Some parents don't even try. So if people want to pay extra for a little bit of guaranteed peace I think they should. Also think about it, we may be traveling with our family's on a trip to have fun, but there are whole groups of people that do it for work. They definitely don't want flight after flight of fussy noisy kids if they can avoid it. Not to mention quiet is nice if they work on the plane or need to sleep so they can be ready to work when they get to the destination. Some people think kids should be entitled to everything or give parents a free pass to do whatever they want. Personally I believe that is why so many kids think the world needs to cater to them.
JasmineCastro41305 JasmineCastro41305 2 years
I don't feel so strongly about the non-kid section as everyone else does. What's next? A non-disability section for those that don't want to be around a disabled adult / child with medical needs or non-psychiatric section to avoid those with mental problems. I understand that we want quiet and peace when traveling but there are just some places where we have to just face the matter at hand and not segregate. We live in a world where people have so little tolerance and compassion for others. I have kids and travel all the time. For the most part, my kids are well behaved on the flights but I still get "the look" from other adults.
FrancineCatineau FrancineCatineau 2 years
I also work with children 3 years and under all year long, so I do agree with a no-kid policy! When I take vacation or go out to eat, the last thing I want to hear is another crying or screaming kid. There are many in the industry that would agree with me. We love our kids, but need our rest/peace time like any other individual. It's not like those with kids don't have options after all. Unfortunately there are always the parents who don't know how to handle their children and let them bother everyone in their surroundings! -_-
EmiliaKoiler1370721671 EmiliaKoiler1370721671 2 years
I agree with Coleen, but then there's the part where the families with well behaved children are not allowed to sit in first class and that have more room! That's just not fair. They should have a no kids first class section and a kids first class section. What about families who will be travelling for 8 hours? They should at least have the option!
Coleen1 Coleen1 2 years
I work with children 5 years and under all year long. I save my money for a well deserved yearly vacation. Ill tell you the last thing I want to deal with or listen to is a child who is kicking the back of my seat, hanging off the back of my seat or arguing with their parent about behaving. If your child is too young to sit still for 3, 4 or 5 hours on a plane than wait until your child can. Bring a DVD player with lots of movies and snacks. Maybe take all measures possible to make the ride more comfortable during the take offs and landings. That part I do sympathize with I do not condone the bad behaviour of the parents not taking control of their child/ren.
MichelleMayes MichelleMayes 2 years
As long as the extra money is to travel in the kid free zone and it doesn't turn into quiet plane with steerage section you travelling with kids must pay extra for.
JenniferWiseman JenniferWiseman 2 years
I think it's ridiculous! Kids are people, same as adults. They have every bit as much right as anyone to travel.
LauraKinsella9384 LauraKinsella9384 2 years
I think it's fine. If i was travelling without my kids i would love to sit somewhere were i can get peace and quiet.
CoMMember13631166098074 CoMMember13631166098074 2 years
i am ok with it but why do we have to sit in the back were the leg room is less and the noise is high from the wings and engen???? if you have a baby from 0-2 they sit on your lap so yeah if you want quiter kids put them closer to the front and about the restaurants i think some should be kid less i know theres lots of other place to go lol its not like i could afford those kind anyway haha
tibby14 tibby14 2 years
Honestly, as a mother myself I am all for it. I hate the feeling I get when non parents give dirty looks because my kid feels the need to be a kid. I am all for the ban of kids in some restaurants. I have had my kid free date night ruined by other kids before. It isn't like every plane or every airline is doing this. Same with the restaraunts. Parents still have kid friendly options. I am all for it.
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