Recently Turkish airline Corendon announced plans to ban children from certain parts of plane cabins, levying a charge on adults who wish to sit in the youngster-free area
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The public is split on whether or not children should be banished from parts of certain flights.
Recently airline Corendon announced plans to introduce an ‘Only Adult’ area on planes, with little ones banned from the zone for the duration of the service. The so-called ‘Only Adult’ zone will be accessible to passengers over the age of 16, on flights between Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao.
The company will begin offering the service this November. Corendon is the first European carrier to provide this service, following the lead of some international carriers like AirAsia. The child-free area will be located at the front of the plane and will have 93 seats reserved for travellers. Walls and curtains will be used to keep the two zones of the planes apart.
For the pleasure of sitting in a child-free zone, passengers will have to pay an extra £39 each way. While sitting next to a crying or trumping baby for hours on end doesn’t sound fantastic, opinion seems to be split as to whether adult-only areas are a good idea.
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“So apparently airlines are considering making ‘child free zones’ on planes, & I can’t decide if this is a dystopian shift or not, but generally it’s really sad how little tolerance people have for children & babies—even acting like they shouldn’t be in public,” one person wrote on X, formerly Twitter, in a Tweet that sparked the debate.
Many seemed in favour of the idea. “I will not tolerate a screaming baby next to me on a four hour flight,” one person wrote, not adding in what way they wouldn’t tolerate the unhappy child.
Another commenter suggested the pain of being next to an unhappy child on a plane was so bad, penning them in to just one part of the aircraft was wise. “If you have been on a plane with a toddler that the parents haven’t prepped ear equalizing items for them, you might understand,” they wrote.
A third advocate added: “Last time I was on a plane , I thought, ‘I would pay more money to be on a plane without children’. Almost every time I fly, which isn’t much at all, there’s a child crying the whole time.”
Another Twitter user went further, advocating for completely child-free planes. He wrote: “So I don’t know if a child free zone will help much. You can hear a screaming child anywhere on the plane. But I think airlines are missing out on revenue by designating one flight per route per day as child-free and charging more. No one else should have to sit through a screaming child that isn’t theirs, particularly with what airlines charge for tickets these days.”
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There were those who disagreed, arguing against the idea of separating children from adults on part of a plane. One woman suggested that the child-free zones would leave parents feeling alone and judged. She wrote: “Having kids is already an isolating experience, before I had kids I never cared about other kids in restaurants or on airplanes. But if they want people to reproduce isolation for mums is not a good look.”
Another recalled a heart-warming tot-related encounter she had witnessed on a plane, during which a harried parent had been helped by customers. “I was on a flight a few weeks ago across the isle from a mom with a young baby who was walking but just barely. Helped entertain said baby since mum was flying home and obviously needed help. Ten people jumped in to help it was great fun,” she recalled.
A third dissenter suggested the zones were not necessary but that they’d seen a shift in how members of the public treat children. She wrote: “I’ve noticed people seem more annoyed with kids in public than I’ve ever seen before. Usually people see little kids and babies and smile or whatever but that’s seeming to slowly change. It’s weird and sad.”
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