We’ve all been there: Trapped on a long flight with a wailing, screaming infant. Heck, we’ll admit we may have even been the ones who carried those disgruntled children onto your flight, armed with only a binkie and a 40-yard-stare, daring fellow passengers to complain.
Thankfully for those who don’t want to chance a middle seat flanked by two rowdy rascals, The Telegraph reports that Singapore’s Scoot Airlines is joining other airlines such as Malaysian Air in instituting 5 designated rows that eliminate kids under age 12. They call it the “ScootInSilence” area, and this child-free zone is available as an upgrade for only $14!
As moms, of course, we abhor the fact that others might not want to be charmed and entertained for hours by the musings of our beautiful babies while in flight. As passengers who occasionally travel without our kids, on the other hand, spending a small fee to not hear a colicky infant sounds absolutely amazing. Where do we sign up?
We’re not really sure how it’s going to work though. These airplanes might have child-free rows or zones or whatever they call them, but will that really cut down on the huge irritation that comes from crying infants? Have you ever heard a baby cry? That sound can travel. Unless the “zone” has concrete walls, is it really going to matter that much if it’s five rows back?
We can’t bash it until we try it, but just so the airlines know, we personally have no problem with this child/no child segregation. As the New York Times reported recently, 59% of passengers would like to see these changes. If we’re shunted off to sit with other parents, at least we can commiserate through our shared misery, and lessen the stress we feel about bothering the child-free people. We have no problem with somebody spending money to get away from our kids, and we can see ourselves opting to use the upgrade for our own (blissful) child-free trips.