Do Airplanes Need Child-Free Zones?

Some Asian carriers are now offering upgrades to child-free (and, presumably, less noisy) sections of their aircraft. Should the trend catch on here?

By Marty Patail August 28, 2013

Air travel tends to bring out the curmudgeon in all of us. If it isn't the delays, the rude service, or the seemingly endless list of fees, it's the food and the leg-room we're compaining about. And don't get us started on the TSA.

But now, Southeast Asian budget service Scoot Airlines is hoping to eliminate at least one common air travel complaint: noisy kids.

Beginning this summer, Scoot has been offering its customers the option to "ScootinSilence" and purchase one of 41 designated child-free seats for about $14 (by comparison, upgrading to an exit row costs upwards of $20 on many domestic airlines). The option gets you seat at the front of the economy section where, presumably, the din of the little ones toward the back fades away.

Here's the description from Scoot's website:

Want to Scoot in peace and quiet? Now you can, in our ScootinSilence cabin just behind the ScootBiz cabin! Besides the exclusivity and privacy that you'll enjoy in the ScootinSilence cabin as under 12's will be someplace else, you'll also get extra legroom, as each seat is either Super or S-T-R-E-T-C-H, offering 35” pitch – 4 more inches than the standard economy seat!

The Singapore-based Scoot is the third airline in the region to do so, behind Malaysia Airline and AirAsia X.

Should US airlines be paying attention? Is this a necessary perk? Or is this discriminating against families?

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