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Airline creates child-free zone on flights


By Elizabeth Vale

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A low-budget airline in India is changing the way passengers fly.

IndiGo airline created “Quiet Zones” on flights — areas where children under of the age of 12 are not permitted to sit.

The Quiet Zone was created for “business travelers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work,” according to a statement released by the company.

The zone includes rows one through four and 11 through 14 on planes.

IndiGo isn’t the first airline to create kid-free zones. Malaysia Air, AirAsia X and Singapore’s Scoot airline also introduced the kid-free zones on flights. No U.S. airline has, so far, created such zones.

According to a “Today” poll, 68 percent of respondents are in favor of child-free zones on planes.

But one Twitter user pointed out, child-free zones won’t be “noise free.”

Another Twitter user mentioned that having a child-free zone is about as effective as allowing smoking rows: that doesn’t mean the rest of the plane wouldn’t still smell the smoke.’s George Hobica agreed that child-free zones wouldn’t be effective.

“Of course people would love to avoid screaming, crying kids on flights, but it just isn’t practical from an operations perspective,” Hobica told “Today.” “And just like when airlines had smoking sections, if you’re only a row or two away from the kids-free zone, you’ll still be bothered by a child with strong lungs because like smoke, sound carries. The best solution is for parents to bring a supply of foam ear plugs for seat mates and for seat mates to bring noise-canceling earphones with the Led Zeppelin at max volume.”

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