Jump to content

Kid-free zones on planes?


  • Please log in to reply
72 replies to this topic

#1 EBKatie

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

AirAsia has brought in kid-free zones on their planes due to frustration over screaming children. What do you think? Bad idea or a good idea? If people are willing to pay more for a child-free area at least it would minimise the angry glares thrown our way. Let us know your thoughts.

Kid-free zones on planes

#2 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

I have a kid and I love the idea, people who are annoyed by kids can sit away from them and families can sit near one another and hopefully be supportive and understanding if some kids are not coping well with the flight.

Edited by sparkler, 12 February 2013 - 08:31 AM.


#3 MAGS24

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

I think it's an excellent idea. Especially if the Airlines are able to make the child friendly area a place where there is enough for very young kids and babies to be more comfortable. I found it difficult flying with a baby and a two year old because there wasn't enough room in area where we were sitting and the two years old kept getting up and jumping around all the time due to boredom.

It depends how they go about it. It could work out really well or not at all.

#4 AngryBird

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

Are parents allowed to book their kids into the regular seating and then book their own ticket in the child-free area and pretend they don't have kids for the duration of the flight? I'd like to travel like that!

#5 liveworkplay

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

When they create a special space for me that excludes overweight, smelly middle aged business men who want to read a newspaper fully opened and promptly then falls asleep snoring, I will be happy with their kids free section.

Honestly, what is herding everyone in to one section at the front going to do? Its not like they have the "cone of silence"

My kids are quiet travelers. But for noisy kids, well that's what iPods were invented for.





#6 Peppery

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:37 AM

QUOTE (AfroCircus @ 12/02/2013, 09:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are parents allowed to book their kids into the regular seating and then book their own ticket in the child-free area and pretend they don't have kids for the duration of the flight? I'd like to travel like that!



i was thinking the same  ph34r.gif

#7 saxa

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

Don't see the point really.

They will still be heard if they are screaming or whatever.

It's like years ago when they used to have smoking and non smoking, unlucky if you were in the non smoking row directly behind the last row of smoking!

#8 GamerMum

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

I agree with liveworkplay. Why should children be secluded just because they can be annoying? There are a generally annoying people on flights. You can't tell the larger people to move because they take up more room, you can't tell the people that snore to go somewhere else. You can't tell the woman that takes EVERYTHING out of her bag just before landing so it takes half an hour for her to put it all back in and you have to stand and wait.. to go somewhere else and do that. Put a bunch of strangers in a metal capsule where no one has room to move, and there is going to be someone who annoys you. This is expected of flights.

It's only a flight, it's not the rest of your life. Just suck it up.

#9 cinnabubble

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

They should spin it as as extra family friendly zones. That would make more sense.

#10 Cranky Kitten

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:50 AM

I think they'd be better off marketing it as having a "family friendly" area as well as a "quiet zone" - and having the family area with a little space at the back to stretch legs etc. Flights are boring as bat-poo generally and hence kids get rowdy after the bazillionth hour sitting in a small seat without being allowed to get up and walk around.

#11 RichardParker

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

QUOTE (saxa @ 12/02/2013, 09:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Don't see the point really.

They will still be heard if they are screaming or whatever.

It's like years ago when they used to have smoking and non smoking, unlucky if you were in the non smoking row directly behind the last row of smoking!

Interesting thing I learned from QI is that when smoking was permitted on planes, the air was actually much cleaner because they used to crank up the filters and air conditioners.  Once they banned smoking, the air filtering system (which requires a fair bit of fuel to run, and fuel is expensive) was turned down to save money and so the air in the cabin is actually much less fresh now than it used to be.

#12 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

Exclusion based on age, gender, race- all awesome ideas. Maybe it could be extended to kid-free zones on buses, trains, shopping malls....

It's a dumb idea, designed to skim yet more money off people.

#13 countrylivingmum

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

I don't see a problem with it if ppl want to pay the extra to not have to sit near what could be a noisy child let them dosnt bother me in the slightest.

#14 saxa

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

QUOTE
was turned down to save money and so the air in the cabin is actually much less fresh now than it used to be.


I prefer a bit less fresh than having to smell stinking cigarettes original.gif

#15 steppy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

Great idea. I'd definitely pay more to avoid kids on long haul flights. Don't really care on shorter flights.

#16 amabanana

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

QUOTE (AfroCircus @ 12/02/2013, 09:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are parents allowed to book their kids into the regular seating and then book their own ticket in the child-free area and pretend they don't have kids for the duration of the flight? I'd like to travel like that!


Me too.  ph34r.gif


#17 darcswan

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

I'm a frequent traveller and I've never sat next to an overweight, smelly, snoring, drunk, etc adult.  A tall guy once had his knee crossing into my zone, but I don't take up the whole seat anyway.  And I've had a guy keep ramming his seat back during meal time.  But thats it.

Have sat next to screaming toddlers though.  And children who have poked at my eyes when I'm sleeping, run up and down aisles, kicked seats, sang the same 3 notes for 3 hours (in fairness, this seemed like it might have been stimming), smelly nappies  etc.

I don't blame kids - long haul flights make me want to scream too.  Doesn't mean I want to sit next to them though original.gif  I'd pay extra to be assured of being seated away from 'the family zone'.

My noise cancelling headphones, eye mask and soothing tunes will continue to maintain my sanity while in the air.

#18 sammyv

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

Last time I flew Virgin Domestic they stuck all the families at the back of the plane - so unofficially did this.

I only care about other peoples children when they ignore them on a plane.  Flying up to Hawaii two years ago there was a child who cried most of the way up, the parents didn't do anything to calm the child - they just stuck in their earplugs and ignored them. (So did I).

Edited by sammyv, 12 February 2013 - 03:54 PM.


#19 Maple Leaf

Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

It's a good idea. Just like kid free restaurants or areas where it's kid free.

I would love that when travelling without my children. original.gif

It isn't so much avoiding the children, but moreso the parents that do nothing when their child is crying/upset/bored.

I don't know if I would pay extra for it, depends on how much it is I suppose!

#20 BadCat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

Yeah great idea.  God forbid anyone should have to deal with the young of their species.  Inevitably we will all travel in individual soundproof cubicles so that all those selfish gits who can't bear to be reminded that there are other people in the world, some of them young, will be happy.

#21 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

QUOTE (AfroCircus @ 12/02/2013, 09:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are parents allowed to book their kids into the regular seating and then book their own ticket in the child-free area and pretend they don't have kids for the duration of the flight? I'd like to travel like that!



My first thought lol  ph34r.gif

But seriously, stupid idea whats next kid free buses and trains?
Bet it makes some extra cash for Mr BigBoss of airline to play with this year though.


#22 Frockme

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

kid free as in what age? I think kids over 8 are usually OK. & if they prove otherwise there should be a goal on-board to lock them in.  original.gif



#23 Niamh23

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:10 PM

QUOTE
Of the 1000 respondents to the survey, 74 per cent said children was the biggest issue


Despite what some people are saying here, noisy kids are obviously the biggest problem for most people on planes. I think a kid-free section is a great idea.

#24 steppy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

Yep. If I was a parent of young children it would SUCK though. Imagine being stuck in the family friendly area. Nightmare.

They kind of do this already anyway really. You generally find heaps of kids in the middle to back section and hardly any up front.

Edited by steppy, 12 February 2013 - 05:13 PM.


#25 Niamh23

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

QUOTE (steppy @ 12/02/2013, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They kind of do this already anyway really. You generally find heaps of kids in the middle to back section and hardly any up front.


This is really annoying if you're travelling on your own...on flights that don't have seat selection, I seem to always get stuck up the back with the kids!!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.