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Debate over adults-only flights takes off


We certainly sparked an intense debate with our item last week about an airline planning to introduce adults-only flights.

Our social media pages were buzzing with a variety of opinions and suggestions.

Here’s what some of you had to say:

“The idea of adults-only flights isn’t such a bad concept. But in practical sense, you don’t need the whole flight to be adults-only, you only need sections.

“In the future, “savvy?” airlines could offer the ability to select seats in the adult section for a fee, and also the ability to select a child-friendly section for a fee.” Steve H.

“Before kids. Oh god, get me away from that screaming child. After kids. Oh, I hope that screaming child is ok. I hope mum is ok. What can I do? Do they need Nurofen?”. Charlie T.

“On my last couple of long-haul flights, I’ve had more noise from adults than the kids travelling!” Angela H.

“In all my 20 years of travelling for work, parents with infants in the bulkheads have been the most conscientious and the babies sleep most of the flight apart from the obvious ascent and descent ear pops. Kids just watch their ipad the whole flight these days.” Adam T.

“I’d prefer if they adopted what already exists in rail travel of ‘quiet’ zones, which not only appeal to adults seeking lower disturbance but to those with say sensory disorders, which for comfort would also appreciate less sound, light, or minimal interaction.” Siobhan C.

“Why stop there? Maybe they could offer a section with no annoying drunk adults. They tend to cause more of a disturbance than children.” Daniel K.

“What about a surcharge for people who snore?” Lokesh V.

“If it means avoiding a child kicking my backrest because his or her parents suck at discipline, absolutely.” Tony A.

“I’d even opt for a child free planet.” Stephen L.

 

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Published: 21 January 2024

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