Children on planes can be one of the most feared things on a long-haul flight.
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A recent viral video captured the shocking scene of a child causing chaos during an eight-hour flight, screaming and running down the aisles.
The child was filmed “climbing over all the chairs” despite flight attendants attempting to intervene with the child’s parent.
But do you think that planes should have child-free zones?
A survey conducted in 2017 by Airfarewatchdog asked whether children should sit in separate zones.
It found that over half of people thought that families who had children aged under 10 years old should sit in a designated spot.
Some airlines already have this in place such as Malaysia Airline and AirAsia.
Passengers can purchase seats that are ‘kid-free’ meaning they won’t have loud children sitting next to them.
Of course, this doesn’t stop the problem of younger children terrorising the whole plane, simply that they won’t be sat next to them.
A number of Reddit forums support the idea, with many happy to pay extra to be away from children.
Some felt that it should be the norm without charging passengers more, with one user commenting: “It is absolutely high time they introduced childfree zones, given the distress/consternation that poorly controlled or bored children are known to cause other travellers.
“But under no circumstances should childfree travellers be expected to pay (a CF tax) for this, these zones should exist by default.”
Another stated: “Go one step further – child-free flights. If a screaming kid is 2 rows behind, it’s still loud.”
Yet airlines in the UK are yet to implement them, with Airfarewatchdog content editor Tracy Steward explaining some of the issues that could arise.
She told Business Insider: “It’s probably hard for parents to be super objective for this stuff. Whenever this comes up, people get so upset about it.
“If you’re a parent and you live with that kind of behaviour, you’re probably pretty resigned to kicking and screaming.
“If some stranger calls out your kid for misbehaving on a plane, those situations escalate so quickly.”
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