India Airline Bans Kids From ‘Quiet Zone’

In a nightmare for parents, and a dream-come-true for the childless, Indian airline IndiGo has created kid-free “Quiet Zones” that ban anyone under 12 from sitting in certain parts of its planes. It’s a polite way of saying kids below 12 years of age aren’t welcome in certain parts of the plane, which usually includes seats in the front and over the wings with extra leg room.

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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.'

'The policy is discrimatory. It means that you cannot ask for more leg space while travelling with your children,' a passenger complained. Another added: 'It’s clear that they do not want children to disturb fliers paying extra for these seats.'

The controversial idea is popular with frequent flyers — and anyone who has been locked in a cabin beside a screaming infant or naughty youngster.

But many frustrated fliers who have long suffered tiny passengers screaming during flights or kicking the backs of their seats are totally onboard with the adults-only areas.

In a study commissioned by British booking company in 2014, almost 70 per cent of respondents said they’d like to see child-free areas on planes.

About a quarter said that kid-free zones should be compulsory on long-haul flights, and nearly a third said quiet rows were necessary to ensure stress-free travels for non-parenting passengers. Thirty-five per cent said they’d pay more to travel on an entirely child-free flight.

This is not the first time airplanes have put an age cap on certain seats. Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia X and Singapore’s Scoot airline have all added kid-free zones to their planes in recent years.