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.

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  • Ms. Information

    I had to fly from LA to Hawaii next to crying babies, WORSE flight of my life!

  • mamareese

    No there should not be a baby free zone…..What there should be is a right for a flight attendant to say “Honey get ya bad kid in check before I do”. Babies cry and parents should prepare for that…there are ways to have an uneventful flight with a small child…I do it often and my youngest is 3. I pack games and things to keep them entertained and I BOND with my kids. Most parents who’s kids are running down the isle smacking folks act unaware or do nothing at all to form a bond and guidelines with their kids. Now when you have kids that act a plum fool….and are old enough to know how to behave publicly…I’d kick ya tail off my flight….bet you’ll learn then.

    • Thank you. I’m glad this is coming from a person who has kids because if a single person says it we get the side eye. I hate it when people that have kids just ignore them and expect them to sit and be quiet. Some kids can do that, most have a lot of energy and need to be engaged most of the time they are awake. Yes it’s a lot of work, that’s why I don’t have or plan on having kids.

    • I just can’t stand those parents with a “my child is special people just can’t understand him ” crap. Get your little progeny in check before I say something.

  • Sweetles

    I am glad that I never had babies who were screamers, at least not in public. Flying with them has been a breeze.

  • C

    There should be an adult section, in my opinion. I have kids, and I still understand that not everyone wants to hear screaming kids because I don’t like it either. If I’m on romantic vacation, I don’t want to hear someone’s child screaming for 3+ hours. Luckily, I’ve been able to avoid flying with my kids.

  • I was once on a flight were a parent and child came on the plane last and the only open seat was between my husband and I. It was horrible. The kid would not sit still and was very loud. I vowed then that when I had children, I would be well prepared for flights with them. Now, when I fly with my child, we have the iPad, his own toddler sized headphones, books and snacks. You have to keep them distracted or they will find something to do