All I can say is that it's a brilliant idea that probably won't work in the US because most parents these days think that *everyone* should enjoy their brat as much (or as little) as they do.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A Malaysian airline has designated adults-only "quiet zones" on its planes to keep passengers from being disturbed by loud babies and toddlers.
Air Asia X said its five-times-a-week flights from Australia's Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur now have "quiet zones" in seven rows of economy class reserved exclusively for passengers over age 12, the Brisbane (Australia) Courier-Mail reported Friday.
Tickets for the quiet zone cost an extra $15 for the 6-hour flights.
American carriers should take notice because this is, without any question, a money maker. Passengers would probably pay more (I'm not even going to say how much I'd pay for a baby-free row) just for the guaranteed sanity. There could even be levels: $15 not to have child next to you, $40 to have child-free seating both in front and back of you. It would work so well, people with kids bundled next to each other, rather than spread out among the passengers, maximizing the spread of germs, annoyance and discomfort.
Yes it's a GREAT idea, one I'd happily support. And to parents offended by the notion that not everyone wants to be bathed in your child's blissful aura? Someday you'll be my age and you'll understand what it means. Until then, take my word for it, the things you find so entertaining about your offspring make the rest of us want to run screaming, something that's damned hard to do when you're locked in with your seatbelt on. Thanks.