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People Really Want Child-Free Zones On Planes

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People Really Want Child-Free Zones On Planes

I'm usually too drunk to notice who I'm sitting next to on flights, but for some people the idea of being sat beside a child or baby is their own personal hell.

And not just 'some' people, a lot of people. According to a survey by Airfare watchdog found that over half (52 percent) said families with children under 10 should be sat in a separate section.

That seems high, doesn't it? Am I the only one thinking there's probably parents in there who would pay not to sit next to their own kids?

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One potential idea, is to have parents sat at one end of the plane and those without children at the other, reports the Metro.

Several airlines, for example Indian firm IndiGo, have already announced so-called 'child-free zones', however the idea doesn't seem to have caught on with international airlines just yet.

The issue is being debated once more, after the recent footage of a screaming kid aboard an eight-hour trans-Atlantic flight went viral on social media.

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The video, which lasts almost five minutes, shows the noisy kid, clambering about and ignoring his mum's requests to sit down and be quiet.

If you ask around, you probably already know a bunch of people who have had a bad flight because of screaming kids, maybe even you yourself have been through it.

On social media, there are hundreds of posts from people saying they'd be willing to part with their hard-earned to ensure a child-free seating area.

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So, why don't major airlines cash in on this?

Tracy Stewart of Airfarewatchdog reckons it's because they would face a massive angry backlash from parents.

In an interview with Business Insider, she said: "It would be great if an American carrier would give it a shot, but I would be surprised if anyone takes it on.

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"It's probably hard for parents to be super objective for this stuff.

"If you're a parent and you live with that kind of behaviour, you're probably pretty resigned to kicking and screaming. If some stranger calls out your kid for misbehaving on a plane, those situations escalate so quickly."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Interesting, travel, airline

Claire Reid
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