Thursday, October 06, 2016

IndiGo Airlines Adds Kid-Free Zone on Flights—Will Others Follow?

Virtually all airlines these days offer travelers options to personally curate their travel experience. Looking to avoid the dreaded middle seat? Better check in early. Want more legroom? Be prepared to shell out for that privilege. Club sandwich on your flight from Phoenix to Boston? No problem—that'll be $7.50. Now, however, some airlines are wading into more controversial territory than, say, whether or not blankets should be free at 30,000 feet: child-free zones on the aircraft.

Last week, Indian budget carrier IndiGo debuted its "Quiet Zones," which are geared toward business travelers and forbid children under the age of 12. In a statement, IndiGo, the largest airline in India in terms of passengers carried, said, “Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers, row numbers one to four and 11 to 14 are generally kept as a Quiet Zone on IndiGo flights. These zones have been created for business travelers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work.” (The airline also noted that children are not be allowed to sit in seats with additional leg room.)
05/10/16 Katherine LaGrave/c N Traveler
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