You’ve been there – stuck on a long flight seated next to a screaming baby and a bratty kid behind you, incessantly kicking the back of your chair. You’d pay any price just to get away from them. Well, that price turns out to be about $15 on Air Asia X.
The Malaysian airline has answered the prayers of fed-up flyers everywhere by designating adults-only “quiet zones” on its planes. The quiet zones are the first seven rows of economy class and can only be reserved for passengers over the age of 12. These seats give you your own private “time out” from babies and toddlers. These flights leave five times a week from Australia’s Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur. Another plus is that it’ll only cost you an extra $15 for the 6-hour flight – totally worth it! But don’t be discouraged if you won’t be making that trip any time soon. There are a few other airlines that have jumped on the quiet time bandwagon and are offering a tantrum-free zone.
On Thai Airways’ superjumbos, you won’t see any kids in the upstairs section of the plane. And because this section also features the cheaper seats, you won’t be throwing away any extra cash to get away from the wailing.
One of the first to offer a kid-free section was Malaysia Airlines. You could escape children on its Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 first class seats. All kids under 12 were banned from this section. But sanity isn’t just reserved for the rich – you could also get away from the noise in the upstairs portion in economy on Malaysia Airline’s A380s. Kids are only seated in this section as a last resort.
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