Outside of the food, the longest running joke about horrible plane flights is about sitting next to a screaming baby. And just like those jokes, sitting next to a screaming kid isn’t funny. Other people’s tiny terrors can turn an already stressful flight into a literal headache. (As a father myself, I can tell you my kid would never pull that kind of crap. Never.) But India-based discount airline IndiGo is the latest carrier to try to give passengers not traveling with kids some peace and quiet by adding kid-free zones.
IndiGo’s so-called “Quiet Zones” will prevent children under the age of 12 from sitting in rows 1 to 4 and 11 to 14. According to Traveller, these seats include the emergency exits, from which kids are already banned due to safety rules, as well as the rest of the airline’s premium seats which include extra legroom. “These zones have been created for business travellers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work,” the airline said in statement.
Of course, what the policy fails to address is that the noise and actions of some children certainly can’t be contained to just one row. It’s not far off from creating a designated section for passengers without air horns, then declaring that air horns are perfectly welcome everywhere else on the plane. Not to mention that a kid with active legs in rows 5 or 15 is just as likely to ruin a flight by kicking the back of your seat while quietly watching Peppa Pig.
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As ABC News points out, Malaysian Airlines and AirAsia have had adults-only sections since 2012, and Singapore’s Scoot banned kids from parts of its planes in 2013. So if you’re the kind of person that absolutely wants to guarantee you won’t be sat next to a screaming baby (and happen to be flying to, from or within in Asia), you now have plenty of options. However, whether or not you’ll have to sit next to some giant drunk dude who wants to talk to you when he’s awake and snores when he is asleep is still (pardon my pun) up in the air.