Trust Us, No One Likes The Idea Of Childfree Sections On Planes More Than Parents

by Maria Guido
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Another airline experiments with childfree sections

Oh my god, isn’t it the worst when you board a plane and you’re sitting next to a crying baby?

NO. No, it’s not the worst. The worst is when that crying baby happens to be in your arms. The worst is walking down the aisle with said baby while the entire plane looks on in horror as if you were holding the only born descendent of the devil himself.

Another airline is experimenting with childfree zones on planes — and no one likes this idea better than parents, folks. Because we’re sick of your shit. You’re stressing us the hell out. If we could somehow push a mute button on our child’s face and make your traveling experience the peaceful oasis you expect it to be, trust us, we would. Unfortunately, that’s not how babies work. Also — that’s not how any public space works, but will get back to that later.

Indian budget airline IndiGo has introduced a new measure banning children under 12 from the premium extra leg room seats on its flights. From “Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers, row numbers one to four and 11 to 14 are generally kept as a Quiet Zone on IndiGo flights,” the statement read. “These zones have been created for business travellers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work.”

They’re not the first airline to introduce such a measure. In 2013, Singapore airline Scoot introduced a “ScootinSilence” upgrade that included five rows where children under the age of 12 were banned from sitting.

The only obvious problem is that anyone knows that the sound of a baby crying will fill an airplane. But at least parents don’t have to sit right next to someone giving them the side-eye the entire flight. Can you imagine being between row four and 11 Sandwiched between travelers who feel like they’ve purchased the right to silence for a flight? Childfree flights may actually be a better idea.

It does kind of suck that people have to pay extra for this – but oh well. They are getting extra legroom too. No one needs more legroom than a mother negotiating a diaper bag full of snacks and distractions to pacify a toddler strapped into an airplane seat – but whatever. You can have the extra legroom if it means you won’t be giving us the stink-eye for daring to not remain grounded because we decided to have a child.

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