screaming, fidgeting and eagle-eyeing random strangers, kids are enough to push
some passengers to the brink of madness. For those, unable to shrug off interruptions and awkward glances, a short flight can seem like an eternity.
Though most have
come to accept that infants and small children are included in the price of a
ticket, others argue that airlines should seat them separately (as in somewhere
else, away from them). It turns out they aren't alone, and the long and heated debate
over how airlines should handle the seating of small children just took an
According to Business
Insider, the “growing movement” to force kids to sit in a separate section
on airplanes is already happening over international waters.
So, does this
mean that U.S. airlines are going to start checking kids at the door
like luggage? Not according to Airfarewatchdog editor Tracy Stewart,
who told Business Insider that doing so would likely spark outrage.
be great if an American carrier would give it a shot," she added,
"but I would be surprised if anyone takes it on."
Stewart also suggested
that parents don't always recognize how disruptive their children can be to
those around them. "If you're
a parent and you live with that kind of behavior, you're probably pretty
resigned to kicking and screaming. If some stranger calls out your kid for
misbehaving on a plane, those situations escalate so quickly."
With tensions mounting
that high in an already strained environment, it's unlikely that any U.S.
airline will even bother “testing” to see if a child-free seating zone would work.
In fact, most airlines would rather listen to passengers complain about a
screaming baby than face the turbulence of an angry parent whose child was
ordered to sit elsewhere.
Even so, the trend has begun and it's only a matter of time before it heads this way.