Airline launches 'quiet zone' of child-free seats

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/t...-launches-quiet-zone-of-child-free-seats.html
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    No-frills carrier AirAsia has announced plans to introduce a "quite zone" on its AirAsia X flights, allowing passengers to avoid the screams of babies and young children.

    A new booking system allows passengers to reserve a seat, at no extra cost, in the designated area when booking through the airline's website.

    The zone incorporates seven rows of seats towards the front of an Airbus A330, behind the airline’s Premium FlatBed seats. AirAsia claims passengers will experience “minimal noise” in the seats and soft lighting.

    Any group containing a passenger younger than 12 will not be able to book these seats.

    Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/t...-launches-quiet-zone-of-child-free-seats.html
     
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    I'm not too sure about this concept.
     
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    I agree... seven rows is not enough! :)
     
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    Better would be the entire airplane!
     
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    Seven rows of separation will not overcome a set of young lungs during a tantrum! :)
     
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    agreed. at least on a 330, the noise wouldn't travel nearly as far is they were confined to the back
     
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    I think either way it's a stupid idea... even if you're designating the front 7 rows of Y as a child free zone, unless you put a buffer of 15-20 rows of no children allowed, chances are you'd still have to deal with noise if a child decides to light things up. You can easily hear a toddler acting up if you're in row 6 and they're in row 10 or even further back, so it's pointless.

    With that said, the logical thing to do is have an area free of "parents that don't know how to manage their kids during a flight" and that would guarantee a quiet flight.
     
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    too bad the times are shifting more towards the opposite end of this pipedream
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    TV news is reporting that these special seats will cost $11 to book.

    Also, there is a bank of lavatories between the quiet zone and the rest of coach. A few rows of premium cabin seats are immediately in front of the quiet zone, but nothing has been said about forbidding children there.
     
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    I don't think the space created by the lavs would do much to deaden the sound, should there be a screaming child in the first few rows of the next section. Now if they were on row 40 or 50 that's another story...

    I guess at the end of the day it's up to people to decide if they want to pay more to sit in a special section where they might not get the full brunt of a child ruckus, assuming that Mr Moneybags doesn't book a seat on rows 1 or 2 for his kids. :)
     
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    That works about as well as the no-smoking sections of many years ago.

    (and I'd prefer a horde of kids in the row behind me over someone smoking)
     
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    Good point. There were two sections on an aircraft in the old days, a smoking section, and a second-hand smoking section.
     
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