Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A No-Kid Section

I am sure that title will put many of you off, but hear me out before you click away to another screen.

How many times have you been sitting on an airplane, trying to fall asleep after a long business trip or vacation when suddenly the back of your seat is forcefully kicked by a five-year-old who needs to go to the bathroom or has to have a toy? How many people have experienced a flight where a baby screamed and cried the entire time? I know I have, and it can be infuriating. I have nothing against children, but there are definitely times where I wish they were not around, and on a plane is one of them. So when I read an article about possibly implementing separate seating that designates certain areas for children, I thought it sounded like a decent idea.

Child screaming on plane. www.nydailynews.com
According to polls from both Skyscanner, a travel search site, and Britain's Business Travel & Meetings Show, a majority of travelers want sections set aside for families or cabins that are for adults only. Some passengers believe there should be designated areas for taller, heavier or disabled passengers. While some of these requests may seem a bit outlandish, when it comes down to it, it's all about being comfortable.

Traveling today is already stressful and hectic, and the amount of room one gets on a plane is cramped due to airlines trying to boost capacity. Add an unruly child or larger seat-mate to the mix, and you are in for a very unpleasant trip. Think about the extra fees people are paying to get a little more comfort: extra legroom, a seat that reclines further, even seating that lets you cuddle with your travel buddy. It is possible that people would pay to not sit next to a child.

I even think families could benefit from the arrangement. I have seen more than one mother or father apologize to people because of their child's noise level or inability to sit still, it can be embarrassing. If families had their own space, their kids could be free to make a little extra noise or move around without bothering others.

Once again, I would like to emphasize that this idea is not about not liking children, but rather about finding a way to coexist in close quarters, possibly making everyone's trip a little more enjoyable. But it is just a thought, and people are free to disagree with it. 

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