Flying these days can be a miserable experience; from the extra charges for baggage and meals to the seats that are continually shrinking, airlines have made big and sometimes unpleasant changes in recent years.
Now, a low-budget airline in India, IndiGo, is making another update. The airline created “Quiet Zones” on their airplanes where children under of the age of 12 are not permitted.
The Quiet Zone encompasses rows one through four and 11 through 14, and was created for “business travelers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work,” according to a statement released by the company.
Surprisingly, IndiGo isn’t the first airline to create kid-free zones. Malaysia Air, AirAsia X and Singapore’s Scoot airline also feature areas where children are not allowed. However, no U.S. airline has, so far, created such zones.
According to a “Today” poll, 67% of people are in favor of child-free zones on planes, but are they really worth the extra money? As one Twitter user pointed out, child-free zones won’t be “noise free.”
Another Twitter user mentioned that having a child-free zone is about as effective as allowing smoking rows; it’s not like the rest of the plane won’t still smell the smoke.
Airfarewatchdog.com’s George Hobica agreed that child-free zones are useless. “Of course people would love to avoid screaming, crying kids on flights, but it just isn’t practical from an operations perspective,” Hobica told “Today.”
He added, “And just like when airlines had smoking sections, if you’re only a row or two away from the kids-free zone, you’ll still be bothered by a child with strong lungs because like smoke, sound carries. The best solution is for parents to bring a supply of foam ear plugs for seat mates and for seat mates to bring noise-canceling earphones with the Led Zeppelin at max volume.”
What do you think? Are child-free zones useless or a good idea?