Yes, you read that right, kid-free zones on planes are for real.
In fairness to parents travelling with young children, we know it’s not your fault if junior gets sore ears and starts shrieking in pain. Flights are long and often boring so it’s only natural for kids to get antsy and start playing loudly with their toys (or kicking the chair in front of them). These things I, and most other travellers can understand, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t rather be seated far, far away!
Short of outright banning children altogether on planes, Malaysian budget airline AirAsia X has introduced “quiet zones”. Occupying six rows near the front of the plane, seats in this zone can be booked at no extra charge by passengers over the age of 12 who are not travelling with passengers under the age of 12. Though they’re not explicitly called ‘child-free’, it’s about as close as you can get!
One small caveat, however, is that the first row of the plane is also where the baby bassinets are located (see green blobs) so if you’re truly seeking some tranquility, bring ear plugs and try to book a seat in the middle of the quiet zone!
Learn more at: www.airasia.com