Child-free zones on airlines: good idea or discrimination?

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 | 4 comments

Aug 22, 2013

Following Malaysia Airlines’ famous move to ban all babies from first class in 2011, another airline has created child-free zones on their planes.

Huffington Post reports that Scoot, a budget Singapore-based airline, will enact “ScootinSilence,” where passengers can be upgraded to a 41-seat cabin of the plane (rows 21 to 25) where children under the age of 12 are banned for roughly $14USD.

What’s more, the child-free cabin will have more legroom than the rest of the airplane. Check out the plane’s floorplan here

Of the move, Campbell Wilson, the airline’s CEO, said, “No offense to our young guests or those traveling with them – you still have the rest of the aircraft.”

AirAsia X also introduced a quiet zone earlier this year.

iTravelTree doesn’t understand why more airlines don’t take steps to point out the need to brief parents on pressure equalisation so the child doesn’t start the flight with an ear ache? That would remove many of the problems of sharing flights with young passengers. Meanwhile, more leg-room plus peace and quiet for $14 more: that sounds like a deal, Scoot.


  1. If You can afford the cost of the ticket, you should be able to sit in the front of the bus. Airlines at first class provide first class ear-plugs and headphones. Wear Them if you don’t want to hear the babies…

  2. Having travelled sitting with families and sitting apart, I would grab the option of sitting apart immediately and pay the extra. It’s not just the noise but also the seat kicking, running up and down the aisle and fighting with their siblings. Some parents are not very considerate of other travellers and airlines seem unable to do much about it. Yes, information on ear equalisation would help parents but that’s not going to stop the child behind me constantly kicking my seat.

  3. It’s not just children that are inconsiderate. I’ve been on several flights recently surrounded by ‘adults’ playing games on their devices without headphones. And it’s not just budget airlines either – had a drunk girl sitting behind me this week on a very small Qantaslink plane, talking loudly to anyone who would listen (over the poor sod next to her who was bravely pretending to sleep). I say we set Ms Manners on them!

  4. Perhaps all these noisy people could be ‘evicted’ from a ‘quiet’ zone and leave the rest of us in peace?

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