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Would You Pay $10 For a Plane Seat Away From Kids?

We've all been there. You're finally zoning out into something resembling sleep when that angelic baby in the row behind you begins wailing louder than you thought possible. Don't judge the baby (or the parents), hate the plane.

Canadian airline WestJet asked its customers if they'd pay $10 for a seat away from parents with babies or small children on board. Would a seat separated from kids be worth your $10?


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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I would love that... some kids voices travel up to first class... haha so I would love a kid free flight.... that would be nice...
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I would love this, I've long been wondering when a child free airline was going to turn up. I agree the parents should have to pay extra, not the people that just want a peaceful flight. I've always thought it would be great if parents had to give their kids a mild sedative to their kids when they check in that way a peaceful flight could be assured for all. Maybe I've just been stuck near too many vile children on airlines.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it really depends on the flight. i've taken 3 hour flights and i can deal with a screaming child but i was on a 10 hour flight and i literally wanted to figure out how to jump out of the plane. i think that if it's a longer flight then sure - i'll sacrifice the $10
Savs Savs 8 years
Once they start screaming, no seat is far enough away...
jessie jessie 8 years
what happens when they tell you that they can't move you anywhere and you're stuck by the kids? is it a first come first serve basis? hell....i'll pay $10 and sit somewhere else...i'll let hubby sit with the kids! all i gotta say is a roll of duct tape does wonders....and i have kids! ;) its just one more thing to have to pay for.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
It would really depend on how long my flight would be. If its only a couple of hrs then no I wouldn't care but if I was flying across the country then I most definitely would.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
depends on the child, lol. but i'd pay extra not to be next to the person who takes part of my seat, uses the arm rest the entire time, talks non-stop, smells of b.o., etc. air travel can be unpleasant for lots of reasons, some reasons we can control and some not so much.
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
Aside from the screamies, lil' kids offer some free in-flight entertainment for me :-P
Flack Flack 8 years
Mmm, so happy I'm flying West Jet to head back east next month :D
TheStyleElite TheStyleElite 8 years
inertia inertia 8 years
YES and I'd consider $10 a fabulous bargain. I just got stuck next to 2 children on a 13 hour flight from NYC to Tokyo. The children had friends in the back and they were all running all over the place, and squirming and restless and chattering whenever they were in their seats. Had they been an American or Japanese family I'd have asked them to please settle down, but they were Russian and the language barrier made it impossible. I wouldn't have cared much on a short flight (under 5 hours) but it was awful being kept awake by those kids for 13 hours.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
A kids area would be great. I travelled a LOT as a child but I was never allowed to be those kids that yell scream and run around. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be on a kid free flight as well. Please dont get me wrong I love kids BUT on a plane I dont even like myself let alone kids!!
quivondra quivondra 8 years
Oh my god, I would love to see this thread on lilsugar... parents would go nuts. I'm just about to have my own kid and I'm already thinking about how I'm going to deal with flying with her. I think the problem these days is that parents are so self-centered and actually expect others to deal rather than discipline their kids. I used to travel a lot as a child and back then, I was well aware that I was in an adult environment and that a plane wasn't my playground. Kids are so freaking spoiled these days.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
After getting kicked and almost cheeto-ified on a flight from Miami to Atlanta, I sure as hell would pay extra money not to be next to kids.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Yes, yes, yes. Funny, when this was posted on Citizen, the thread went nuts.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, generally, I like kids, so I don't mind being near them.
saramay saramay 8 years
It would depend on how long the flight was... more than three hours, yes!
absolutromantic absolutromantic 8 years
I'm with those who think parents should be the ones paying for the privilege to bring their kids on board.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'd pay it. It's not that I don't like kids, but flying with other people on a long flight, much less kids is grueling! Maybe we could all pitch our $10 in to buy Benadryl for the kids. (Kidding! Kind of...) Or maybe Valium for the adults. I so hate flying.
longhornlass04 longhornlass04 8 years
I would pay $50 if i had to. I recently was on an 8 hour flight to Kauai and there were only 4 kids on the flight. All 4 were sitting either next to me or behind me, no joke. I just can't handle that again. Actually, even if an airline doesn't offer this, i'd pay parents $50 to put a muzzle and a straight jacket on their kid for the flight. I need my personal space, please. *obviously i'm joking about the muzzle/straight jacket, so please don't comment about the inhumanity of it.
geebers geebers 8 years
I agree- why should I pay for what I should be getting? But I think kids should probably be seated near other kids. I really really really cannot stand unruly kids.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I would absolutely pay an extra $10. It always amazes me that some parents let their kids run up and down the aisles. Just because they decided to procreate doesn't mean I should have to deal with their loud, obnoxious children.
TiffanyM TiffanyM 8 years
Berlin is right, it should be the other way around. Maybe instead of an upfront fee to parents, they should get charged $10 every time their kid is a nuisance to others. That way if you are a good parent with well behaved children, no problem. But if your kid is a spawn of the devil, then you should definitely have to pay more.
aprilmayjune4 aprilmayjune4 8 years
I'd rather get a good set of soundproof headphones. When kids scream, you're going to hear it no matter how far away you're sitting from them.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
Hell yea I would. Kids are great, but not when you are confined to a designated space for 10 hours and the person behind you is 3 ft tall using your seat as a footrest. I do not think this could really constitute as a slippery slope either as it is a reasonable and realistic accomodation that people (especially business people) would utilize. An extra baggage fee seems arbitrary, but this, has a useful purpose.
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