Flying No-Kids and Stress-Free
AirAsia X, D7, a long-haul carrier based in Malaysia, plans to become the second airline in the world to ban children from certain sections of the plane
Starting in February, Air Asia X will create a "quiet zone" in the first eight rows of the economy section of its fleet of A330 planes. The zone will have special ambient lighting, will ask passengers to keep noise to a minimum and will ban children under 12 years old.
Malaysia Airlines last month introduced a similar child-free section on the upper deck of its new A380s, flying between Kuala Lumpur and London.
On AirAsia X, there will be no extra charge for seats in the "quiet zone." On its website, the airline said the child-free section will be offered because "we know that sometimes all you need is some peace and quiet for a more pleasant journey with us."
No U.S.-based airline has a child-free section, but a recent survey conducted by the website SeatGuru.com found that 40% of U.S. travelers said they would pay extra to sit in a designated “quiet” section of the plane.