Do you agree with child-free zones on aeroplanes?
Malaysian Airlines announced last week that it will ban babies and children from the top deck of its new Airbus A380 to appease noise-sensitive travellers.
The move has proved controversial, but its proponents may have been cheered by the news that over 50% of Brits - according to a new survey by Jetcost.co.uk - support such measures.
We're not surprised - when MSN Travel ran a poll last year asking our readers to name the most annoying thing about air travel, 13,000 voters picked screaming children and babies.
It's a complicated issue - parents with screaming children certainly don't relish the experience, but neither do passengers who don't have children.
For people travelling on business or on long flights, sitting next to a screaming baby and (often this might easily be for the duration of the flight) can be trying, not least because sleep is not really an option. On the other hand, babies certainly can't be reasoned with, so complaining about one crying seems pointless.
There also seems to be a further distinction between crying babies and misbehaving children - the latter being the most annoying. If you've ever had your seat kicked continuously by a child or had to endure the unnecessary noise of a video game - as the parent refuses to reprimand or intervene - it can be fairly stressful.
Malaysian Airlines, in our opinion, is not saying that children aren't welcome. Rather, in acknowledging that there are customers who don't want to sit next to or near someone else's child, it is meeting a very valid need. And refreshingly, is at least offering the service to economy passengers as well as business class.
What do you think? Do you agree with the move to create child-free zones on aeroplanes? Would you want to book one?
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I travelled to Gran Canaria at Xmas. The plane was half full of mostly badly behaved kids, allowed to wander the ilses at will, when sitting constantly kick the back of our seats and generally cause problems not only for travelers but also cabin staff.
Parents should be reasponsible, babies crying aside, and should be fined.
Most children i have experienced causing trouble such as kicking the backs of seats on airlines are brats. Their parents just allow them to do so. I have often stood up and told the child off myself as the parents are obviously incompetent. Some people just shouldnt be allowed to have kids, that's the problem with society these days !!
It takes the edge off a holiday, when you have screaming children, which allways seem to be seated near me, or they are kicking the back of my seat. I am the the mother of 3 grown children and would never have let them behave in this manner, i honestly blame the parents in many cases. Yes we all know babies cry, what is beyond me is why people take babies abroad.
Of course its correct that babies and kids should be bunched together away from those of us that cant stand kids. They are your brats if you cant sort them out and ime not allowed to sort them out then get to your own kind and stay away from people like me.
I remember when smoking was allowed on flights and airlines made smokers(Not me ive never smoked) sit at the rear of the aircraft. Same should happen with people with kids and babies in my opinion.
In my experience it is almost always bad parents not bad children that cause all the disruption. Any responsible parent would avoid taking very young children on long haul flights unless absolutely necessary. They get bored quickly, the changing air pressure plays havoc with their ears and the often unfavourable flight times mean they are usually tired and irritable before you even take off. I spent 12 hours listening to a baby screaming on a flight back from Mauritius once. Why on earth its parents though that was a sensible holiday choice I have no idea - why not just go to Majorca that is only a 2 hour flight and only 1 time zone difference? When kids are old enough to understand what is going on and can occupy themselves then fair enough. Otherwise it is just like a form of torture for the kids and fellow passengers alike. Also why do so many parents think it is ok for their kid to constantly kick the seat in front of them?
Good move, I used to be a frequent flyer on transatlantic, Middle Eastern and Eastern European routes.
It's not the kids who are the problem but the parents and sometimes the airline staff.
Sad fact of life is there are a lot of adults who shouldn't be allowed on aircraft in the first place and when they bring their kids along things can only get worse.
My pet hate are the clowns (very common on some of the trips I made) who get on board the aeroplane with their extended family, probably flying standby or something similar, then start demanding either a group of seats all together or bulkhead seats. At this point I've seen them get very disruptive but the airlines don't do what they are legally entitled to do and throw them off the plane but go round asking other passengers to move. My reaction, having normally pre-booked my seat, is 'forget it' then the crew turn on me as though it was my fault.
Kids being a pain on flights is down to the airlines being way too tolerant with the parents. An adult on their own being disruptive will be dealt with, a family with kids making a nuisance of themselves will be allowed to get away with it. This is definitely a move towards addressing those problems.
Nothing more annoying than a baby in a plane. At's also a great marketing, other than simply being a necessity. They can market the "baby free zone" to the people who wish to fly without the noise. And at the same time they can market the "baby" zone. It's great for everyone, by my humble opinion.
I'm a child myself (younger than 16) and think its a good idea babies dont annoy me at all the screaming is what makes them but if ur really tired then sometimes u wish they werent around screaming! i have had many younger children kicking my seat all the way through a flight and its very annoying but then i remember doing it and getting a good telling off so if parents aren't telling off the children then whats wrong with moving them to another area of the plane its not like there saying u cant come on board just have a kids area, it sounds better saying A kids zone rather than kids banned zone i would probably enjoy a kids zone casue they could have kidz food rather than the horrible food adults are served! IM ALL FOR A KIDS AREA!! :)
I have travelled with my 3 children from the day they were born and thankfully they weren't the screeming type just the falling asleep type(they are now 15,13,9) and do feel for those parents who have screeming children.
I don't think kids should be banned from planes as their parents PAY just the same as everybody else so they too, have ALL the right to travel to whatever country they like. What I think is a good idea is if they have flights on a day that are specially for kids.
If there are 3 flights on the same day maybe dedicate one to children, that way people won't moan about their lack of peace when they get on the plane with severe hangovers from their holidays!!