Child-Free Zones Might Finally Get Crabby Travelers to Shut Up About Flying With Kids

Commercial aircraft cabin with rows of seats down the aisle

It's pretty safe to say that traveling can sometimes be a pain in the a**, especially if there are children around. (It's okay to keep it real.) While there are some kids who do give you baby fever with their ability to sleep an entire flight, others will make you consider grabbing your flotation device and jumping out the window. Maybe this is why an international airline plans to introduce child-free "Quiet Zones" for its travelers. The news is causing a predictibe uproar, but honestly: Is it that bad to want a little silence without the occasional back-of-the-seat kick?




A low-cost airline in India called IndiGo recently announced a new policy -- which includes a child-free travel zone for passengers ages 12 and up -- that's geared toward business travelers.

In a statement featured on NBC news affiliate WTHR 13's website, IndiGo says:

Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers, row numbers one to four and 11 to 14 are generally kept as a Quiet Zone on IndiGo flights. These zones have been created for business travellers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work.

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Needless to say, there have been mixed reviews about child-free flights on social media, both from people for and against it.

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Can I be honest for a second?

I'm not going to lose sleep over whether or not an airline decides to designate a few rows for adults. (Well, technically it's also for tweens and teens, so them, too.)

Before I had my now 2- and 1-year-old boys, I traveled without children. Screaming babies. Kids frustrated they can't move around the cabin. Tired children.

I get it.

And even now that I have toddlers, I still get it.

I can certainly understand why an airline is entertaining the idea of child-free zones -- and why some passengers are happy about it. Hell, you might catch me there with a bag of M&Ms and one of those expensive small glasses of wine.

(My husband can stay with the kids somewhere in the back. They'll be okay.)

Contrary to popular belief, parents aren't doing flips down the jet bridge knowing we have to fly with kids. We try our best to entertain our little ones and do in fact get tired of the crying, too. (Thankfully mine don't cry a ton on flights.)

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And who knows, maybe this way of flying will separate families from those super crabby people who are ready for war if your child so much as looks their way -- or out the tiny window next to them.

So long as I still get the seats on a flight I paid for, I'm okay with this.

... Just don't expect me to make one of those "Sorry you have to sit next to someone with kids" goodie bags. I have enough sh*t in my diaper bag and don't have time to be Martha Stewart for you.


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