Asia-based airline Scoot has introduced child-free zones on their aircraft.
Singapore Airlines' budget subsidiary Scoot has introduced child-free zones on their aircraft after the successful implementation of a similar policy by AirAsia X earlier this year.
Located directly behind business class, the ScootSilence cabin is similar to premium economy seats offering more leg room on Australian flights. The major difference is that children under 12 are banned from sitting in this area of the plane. Depending on the flight, for an additional $16, or more, an upgrade to the ScootSilence cabin will be available to passengers. An online opinion poll on ABCnews.com in February revealed that one-third of passengers would be willing to pay more for a child-free flight if it were offered by other airlines.
AirAsia X’s international head of marketing, Stuart Myerscough, told the SMH that passenger feedback had been “overwhelmingly positive” and that the new quiet zone, which was introduced on all AirAsia X aircraft in February, had been a “success and one of our most popular innovations”. AirAsia X charges around $15 extra for seating in this section of the aircraft.
Long-haul flights, for most passengers, are rough at the best of times, but when you add a disobedient child or a crying baby into the equation, this can result in a sleepless flight. I have nothing against parents taking their children on planes, if anything, I feel sorry for them. The glares and looks they get when their child is misbehaving, or in the case of infants, crying, is simply unfair.
Because of a screaming baby, I still vividly remember a flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles, on my first ever overseas trip. I would estimate that around eight of the 14 hours on board the ‘flight from hell’ involved this couple’s baby crying at least 10 times an hour. The parents tried their best to calm their baby down, but there was simply nothing else they could do.
In hindsight, I may have been in part to blame for my own misery. By choosing an aisle seat at the front of a cabin section, there was always a strong chance that I would be positioned near a baby. This is one of the many reasons why I now always book a seat in the back three rows of the plane. I really like this inovation from Scoot for the new child-free area. It not only assures you of an area free of young children, but it also ensures you have extra leg room, all at an affordable price. If I ever have the opportunity of flying Scoot, I will certainly give the child-free zone a test flight.
How about you? Have you had a ‘flight from hell’? Would you pay a small additional fee to sit in a child-free zone?
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