There’s good news for all of us who don’t like travelling with kids, especially other people’s. For a fairly reasonable price, we can now put a good deal of distance between those unruly, unpredictable youngsters and ourselves.
Starting next week, AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of AirAsia, will be banning kids under the age of 12 from sitting in what it calls the “Quiet Zone.”
On flights to China, Taiwan, Australia, Nepal, Korea and Japan, the first seven rows of economy will be gleefully child-free. Seats in the section will cost an extra RM 35 (US $11) or RM 110 (US$ 35.50) per flight, and travellers will be extra happy to know that the zone will be partitioned off from the rest of economy via restrooms and bulkheads. It will also have softer (some may even say moodier) lighting.
The airline, Asia’s largest budget, calls the rollout “a heavenly package for those who want piece of mind,” and it truly is.
No longer will we have to blast music in an attempt to block out the screams of a wailing infant. No longer will we have to repeatedly beg the parents in the row behind us to make their child stop kicking our seat. It’s a long-overdue dream come true.