IndiGo airline decided to introduce child-free zones on flights. The Indian budget airline, which flies to 40 destinations, said: “Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers, rows one to four and 11 to 14 are to be kept as a quiet zone.”
“These zones have been created for business travellers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work.”
The airline also informed that children are not be allowed to sit in seats with additional legroom such as the emergency exit rows, which occupy rows 1, 12 and 13.
Mum Laura Brook called the ban ridiculous.
The 23-year-old from Castleford, West Yorks, recently flew with son Roman who had an ear infection.
She said, “I didn’t feel the need to explain the one-year-old’s crying to other passengers,” adding: “I’m not going to explain myself to an adult who should understand that babies do cry.”
Laura went on: “Leading up to this holiday I was absolutely dreading it as Roman had this infection.”
“But it’s just a little person. Why should they be moved somewhere different in the plane?”
Rose Blue tweeted: “Most children behave better than adults” and Renee Weaver asked: “What’s next? Child-free restaurants, malls, libraries, parks?”
While many slammed IndiGo’s move, others were happy. Patricia Tallman tweeted: “Very interesting! I have been tortured by screaming children on long flights.”
Martin Sparey added: “Please let this happen everywhere. Now.”
According to a survey conducted in 2014, 70% of passengers backed child restrictions and 35% would pay extra to travel on a childless service.
It is not the first time that child-free zones have been initiated on planes. Back in 2013, Scoot announced it was going to introduce a section behind its business class seats with extra legroom where children under 12 were forbidden.