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85 Percent Want Kids to Have Their Own Sections on Airplanes

85 Percent Want Kids-Only Sections on Airplanes — Do You?

Could "Kids or non?" be the new query akin to the smoking section question hitting airplanes soon? Judging by these results, lots would like that. In a survey of more than 10,000 travelers, 85 percent were in favor of special sections for parents traveling with babies or small kids. Oh man, maybe they should remake Snakes on a Plane with kids instead of snakes!

Will it happen? Probably not. A spokesman for the Air Transport Association said kids-only sections would be "logistically difficult" to implement, and could result in an "adults-only" (not the XXX kind) passenger being bumped to the kids section in cases of overcrowding, which given the cutbacks in seats is increasingly common.

The folks behind the survey, AirfareWatchdog, give some tips to cope in the mixed-age skies, including this one, which seems a little mean even if it is practical: "Take very early morning flights (5 a.m. or 6 a.m., if they're available). Parents can rarely manage to dress, feed, wash, and otherwise organize infants and toddlers in time to catch flights that early in the day." But the ultimate retaliation is a taste of their own medicine: "Just grin and bear it. Or start wailing, kicking and screaming yourself."

Is the thought that kids are the ones causing problems an unfair assessment? After all, tons of famous (Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love, et al.) and otherwise adults are removed from airplanes for unruly behavior all the time.

Do you avoid kids on planes? Is this a perfect solution, or does it make flying the skies less-than-friendly?


kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
A child's scream, to me, is worse then nails on a chalk board. There is no more annoying sound. And, yes, I have no children. That' however, doesn't make the noise less irritating. I haven't had a horrible experience on planes, but i don't want to have one. I don't think this would be a practical move on the airlines part, though. It would be really hard to enforce.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
That seems the logical outcome to me Ally.
ally14 ally14 9 years
If a section like that were to be made, wouldn't the children just be louder because they would all be together and would have more things to talk about or more children to play games with?
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
"Mom Jeans, mom jeans" I love that skit.:D
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Kids are not my favorite particuarly the ones that do not know how to behave in public. Parents need to actually parent. I would definitely pay a little more for a kid free flight. So I am a kid hater I do not care. I cannot stand the kids at my apartment and I wish I did not have to wait until I was 55 to live in a child free apartment I would love it now. Fortunately, most of the restuarants I eat at there are not a lot of kids.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Mmmmm.... guts!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
"Because smug breeders who make snide comments about people without kids make me want to pour coffee on their mom-jeans." :ROTFL: Anything that has the words 'mom-jeans' busts my guts!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"The 6 "chaparones" sat together, and the 30 kids did whatever they wanted. I tried to fall asleep, only to open my eyes and see a child 3 inches from my face. Looking at me while I slept" :jawdrop: I would be SO annoyed.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
My most recent flights I had one kid around 5 years old kicking the daylights out of his tiny 3 year old sister (really hard with shoes on, too!) It was only when she started screaming that the mother would say, "stop honey"...which of course he didn't stop. I felt really bad for the smaller child. Another flight had a field trip of kids on it. The 6 "chaparones" sat together, and the 30 kids did whatever they wanted. I tried to fall asleep, only to open my eyes and see a child 3 inches from my face. Looking at me while I slept, not strapped into his seat for safety. Later on I was stepped on, while they ran up and down the isles. I think there are so many great kids out there, but the problem, IMO, is that the general public has no recourse when bad parents don't control their children. A flight attendant can ask a parent to control their child, but if they don't...tough luck.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I don't think kids need to banished, but if a private organization wants to cater to the child-less crowd I think they would be very successful! I would GLADLY pay a bit more not to have to be around children on a flight.
mels mels 9 years
I often find adults to be more irritating on flights than children. I was nervous about taking my child on his first flight recently. He behaved beautifully. The lady next to me who kicked off her shoes and put her NASTY feet on the (bulkhead) wall in front of us made me want to puke. Commercial air travel forces all of us to be in close proximity to all kinds of people. Young and old, unruly and well-behaved. That is just the nature of public transportation. I think 85+% of people would also vote that they would like to have asshole-free sections or body odor-free sections. ;) I appreciate hearing from JennaV. No one is more qualified to speak on the subject! :medal: And I've also had a lot of luck when it comes to flying. If the back of my seat is ever bumped, it's usually followed by an apology and it doesn't happen again.
LisaK LisaK 9 years
You deserve a :medal:
True-Song True-Song 9 years
As I said, it's a message board, not a thesis final draft. But it's funny when people get it wrong as they try to insult others for being stupid. But they're/there/their and your/you're are easy to mix up, like someone saying stewardess instead of flight attendant. Luckily, none of this is Important, Official Anything. I will say I'm a little puzzled by what gets deleted here, but I suppose a little mystery keeps it interesting.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
My what?
LisaK LisaK 9 years
Your intelligence speaks volumes: Little kids do this all the time, it is so funny. There was a little boy meandering around yesterday with his chirt ulled up, tucked under his chin, like, check out my abs! He was maybe 4. :rotfl: Thanks for the laugh!!
LisaK LisaK 9 years
Awww torgleson, your such a smart little lass. I am so glad you caught that ;)
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
A lot of parents I have seen bring lots of activities for their kids on flights, which I'm sure we all appreciate. I have had the distinct misfortune of having been near people who have gotten sick on flights, kids and adults, which is horrible for everyone involved. I have seen restaurants that have a tendency to seat families with children in one area and other adults in another.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Little kids do this all the time, it is so funny. There was a little boy meandering around yesterday with his chirt ulled up, tucked under his chin, like, check out my abs! He was maybe 4.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
Well, as long as your wife is doing it too! ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Is that why my daughter pulls her dress over her head? I thought she was just being an exhibitionist. ;) BTW, she's 4, so I am totally kidding.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, me too torg.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I know it's just a message board, and we all make lots of typos and spelling errors, but I just love it when someone accuses someone of being stupid with a big, glaring error in their comment.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Wow, chill.
LisaK LisaK 9 years
Their called ATTENDANTS. That is not a difficult word.
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