There are a few things that can ruin a flight: turbulence, someone constantly passing gas, and crying babies. Personally, I can deal with most flight issues, but crying babies on a long flight are just horrible. I’m not even saying this as a person that doesn’t like kids, because there are those people out there. I’m saying it as a person that has flown on long flights with kids screaming at the top of their lungs and their parents pulling their hair out. Strand by strand.
AirAsia has put an end to all of those issues. Starting in February, they will offer “quiet-zones” on their long haul flights. “Because we know that sometimes all you need is some peace and quiet for a more pleasant journey with us,” AirAsia says on its website.
AirAsia has designated the first seven economy class rows for guests 12 and over. Although there’s no extra cost for passengers to book in the quiet zone section, but there is the regular fee charged for certain seats that have more legroom.
Could a quiet zone work on U.S. flights? Probably not. According to George Hobica, a rep from Airfarewatchdog.com, “Logistically, it’s a nightmare for an airline to allocate certain seats for certain people. The last time they had to do this was back when there were smoking and non-smoking sections. Even if you were just one row away from the smoking section, you still got the smoke and you’ll still hear the screams … if a child has strong lungs.”
Strong lungs. Yes, those lungs. The lungs that will allow you to hear crying on a Virgin America flight from Dulles to Los Angeles, even if you are sitting in first class. I’m quite familiar with those lungs. In addition to the logistic reasoning, you’ll also have those parents who will go, “How dare you get offended by my screaming child!” As if you’re in the wrong for not wanting to hear Little Louie scream for 5 hours on a flight.
Maybe one day an airline in the U.S will be brave enough to follow suit, but until then, passengers remain seated and put on your best earplugs.