The Short of It
Writer and mom Kelly-Rose Bradford has suggested that airlines should offer child-free flights, which has created a jet fuel hot debate online.
On British TV, Bradford asked, "Is it really necessary to take a tiny baby on a long flight? I think there's an element of selfishness from parents who insist on not changing their lifestyle once they have their children because there are some things that just aren't practical."
She went on to suggest, "We've got business class; we've got first class; why can't we have a family section? Surely that would be better for everybody? You've got miserable, moany people like me who do not want your delightful children wailing in my ear for my flight."
Bradford is not the first person to offer up the idea that children should be banned from flying on some legs of travel, or seated separately, so adults can get from Point A to Point B undisturbed. But her recent suggestion spawned its own hashtag on social media, #ChildFreeFlights, with people taking firm stances on both sides of the aisle.
Here's a sampling of what's being said on Twitter:
#ChildFreeFlights seriously? have we run out of people to segregate?
— Robyn Wright (@Robyn929) August 13, 2015
Unless the child in question is yours, pop on your headphones and ignore. How dare you judge a parent with limited options #ChildFreeFlights
— Lauren Jackson (@laurenejackson) August 13, 2015
I would pay extra for #childfreeflights. Make it happen, airlines.
— Becky Brees (@blkindvall) August 13, 2015
Why stop at #ChildFreeFlights? How about we have child free hours at resturants as well? It would sure make date night a lot less annoying.
— THE Dan Treadway (@Dannyscum) August 13, 2015
It isn't only children who are known to act like juveniles on flights. Adults who get too intoxicated mid-air create scenes all the time, as do many other supposed grownups when they don't get their way. I say, if we are going to ban kids, we ban anyone who can't make it through a 6-hour flight without acting like a baby.
Besides, there has always been crying babies on airplanes. It seems our tolerance is just lower.
What's your take?
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