If you've had more than enough of listening to screaming babies and unruly children on flights, Scoot Airlines might just be for you. According to ABC News and Good Morning America on Thursday, the airline has added a kids-free zone to its seating plan in order to give customers the option of a flight experience with no possibility of child-induced disruption.
Scoot is based in Singapore and offers flights to and from cities in Australia, China, and Japan, among several others. Passengers wanting to sit in the 41-seat "ScootinSilence" area need only pay $14 for an upgrade. The area is restricted to passengers age 12 and up and also includes seats featuring extra legroom.
The airline is not the first to offer kid-free zones, however. Two other Asian airlines already offer similar promises of peace and quiet: Malaysian Airlines does not allow infants in the first class section of some of its jets and also has an under-12 restriction in the upstairs economy class section of its Airbus A380. Meanwhile, earlier this year Air Asia X converted the first seven rows of its economy section into a "quiet zone" for no additional charge.
Unfortunately for those interested in a kid-free zone, it doesn't look like American outfits will be adopting such a practice any time soon. Representatives from United, American, Delta, and Southwest all said last month that their respective outfits do not have any plans to create child-free zones. One possible reason suggested by publications such as Consumer Traveler was the hassle and possible delay caused by needing to allocate unsold seats in those sections.