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Child Free Flights and Restaurants--An Editorial

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Even as a single woman, I’ve never had much of a problem with children on airplanes. I have, however, seen a man so drunk he vomited all over his seat (and the one in front of him) and listened to him insult the staff around him with slurred speech. He was handcuffed to the seat behind us and we had to put up with that smell for the remaining four hours of the flight.

I’ve also seen a few people who ordered the airplane staff around as if they were waiters and waitresses. Maybe I’ve been lucky, but being stuck with children running around and screaming has never happened to me and I’ve flown a lot. We all hear about the odd baby crying (especially during take-off and landing) and the child who won’t stop kicking the chair in front of her (that drives everyone nuts on a plane, no matter their age or parental status!) but in general, flights with kids aren’t really as bad as we think.

Now that I have three young kids of my own who started taking long distance flights within weeks of being born, I see both sides. Our children love to travel, they enjoy watching a movie on the plane and love the whole excitement of it--stocking their backpacks, settling into their seats and the fun of ordering their own drinks when the cart comes around. They also know to only get up to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs every couple of hours. And yelling or screaming just doesn’t cut it with us nor most of the other families we see on planes. As for not kicking the seat in front of them? I’ll admit it took about two years for it finally to sink in that the chair in front belonged to someone else. Even still, they need quick reminders on the plane not to kick seats and then they are good to go. The kids are great but they’re not perfect!

It’s fair to say that adults who are paying to eat and relax in upscale restaurants should be allowed to do so without misbehaving children who might ruin the atmosphere. As an adult, I think adult-only restaurants or restaurants that don’t admit children after a certain time are a great idea.

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EmpowHER Guest

Since many parents who travel with their children do not wish to be relegated to a family friendly zone on the plane, maybe instead we could have a section for adults only. Then, all those adults who wish to sit amongst families could do so but there would still be a place for those who prefer not to sit adjacent to the two parents in two seats holding two small children on their laps

May 3, 2011 - 7:35am
EmpowHER Guest

The adult only flight I take absolutely no issue with...dictating where I sit because I have children with me on an "open" flight; I have a major issue with that! With that said, if there is an option to have a "family friendly zone" on the plane and we are given the option to choose to sit there, then I would be all for it, but to dictate based on the fact that we have children is obsurd...for example, we have an 11, 8 & 1 year old...if it was mandatory for families with young children to be in a certain section of the plane would we really have to split up our family when flying & have one parent with the 1 year old in the let's say 4 and under area & the other parent with the two older siblings?? We also have flown quite alot, my oldest flew in a plane over 24 times by the time he was 2 years of age & I can tell you his manners were much better than some adults I've witnessed on planes. Did we have to teach him how to behave on a plane??? ...ABSOLUTELY! Did we get complimented on his behavior??? ...ABSOLUTELY!
Sooo, if given the option to have a family friendly zone on a plane, well I think it is a great option. I also think that having an adult only plane is a great option, but in my humble opinion, these things should be options...only!!!

April 12, 2011 - 8:19am
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