IndiGo, India’s national budget airline, introduced a revolutionary concept to its flights last week. They have instituted “Quiet Zones” in its aircraft where children 12 years of age and younger are not allowed to go. This startling concept is being seriously looked at by the rest of the world’s airline carriers.
In a public statement, IndiGo said that, “Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers, row numbers 1 to 4 and 11 to 14 are generally kept as a Quiet Zone on IndiGo flights. These zones have been created for business travelers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work.”
IndiGo has been following the trails blazed by a small handful of airlines who have successfully launched kid free zones. AirAsia has jumped on board with the zones and Malaysia Airlines has banned toddlers and infants from its first class cabins since 2011 and has kid free zones on most of its economy class flights. Singapore Airlines also has a quiet section that passengers can upgrade to.
Of course, there has been the typical left leaning backlash and whining about discrimination. These people don’t seem to understand that when they chose to fly on a certain airline, they have discriminated against all of the other airlines. They seem to believe that everything is permissible. Travelers, however, disagree. Social media has been abuzz with support for the concept of kid free zones on flights.
Crying babies and rowdy children whose parents are lost in their own self absorbed bubble worlds are the scary campfire stories of air travel. Everyone has encountered them and, now, people seem to be in favor of turning the tide toward more civilized and quieter travel. Back in 2012, The Telegraph of London took a poll of its readers and found that over 70% of them would welcome child free zones on flights.
In June, JetBlue ran a contest and promotion on one of its flights from New York to Los Angeles. They offered a 25% discount on airfare to every passenger for every baby that cried on the flight. Everyone on board the flight got a free ticket as five babies cried their way to Los Angeles.
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