Child-free zones on planes: 'I would pay whatever it is'

Turkish-owned Corendon Airlines is to offer an 'Adult Only' zone on certain flights from November
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.04 30 Aug 2023

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Child-free zones on planes: 'I...

Child-free zones on planes: 'I would pay whatever it is'

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.04 30 Aug 2023

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One European carrier is to offer child-free zones that will be accessible to passengers over the age of 16.

Turkish-owned Corendon Airlines will introduce an 'Adult Only' zone on flights between Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao from November.

The child-free area will be at the front of the plane - with nine 'XL' seats with extra legroom and 93 standard seats - costing €45 each way.


The 'Adult Only' zone on a Corendon Airlines flight. The 'Adult Only' zone on a Corendon Airlines flight. Picture by: Corendon Airlines

"This zone on the plane is intended for travellers travelling without children and for business travellers who want to work in a quiet environment," the airline said.

"The zone is physically separated from the rest of the aircraft by walls and curtains, creating a shielded environment that contributes to a calm and relaxed flight," it added.

Lunchtime Live Listener Caroline said she doubts they can enforce the policy.

"I'd be very sceptical about how the airline would hope to achieve soundproofing for a section of the plane," she said.

"Anybody who's been on a plane and been subjected to a child's piercing screams knows that there's no getting away from it.

"Are they going to erect a soundproof barrier, or is it just the case of putting up a curtain?

"I just can't imagine how they would guarantee that for your €45, they could guarantee you a child soundproof seat on a plane."

A woman with a yawning child on plane. Picture by: Folio Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Another listener, Julie, said she loves the idea.

"I would happily pay the €50, or whatever it is," he said.

"I've been on flights where young people were kicking the back of my seat, and I've actually had to tell them to stop.

"The parents do nothing.

"I've also been on a flight where there are children screaming, what can you do?

"But I do feel for ones with babies, but not six-year-olds, eight-year-olds - they should know better.

"I'd happily pay it."

Julie said it should certainly be an option for long-haul destinations.

"They've been doing it in Asia for long-haul flights since 2013," she said.

"I'd definitely pay for what I consider to be a long-haul flight: over three hours or even over two hours."

'We want peace and quiet too'

Bianca said she has travelled with her children to Brazil, where she has family.

"The last time I went, my six-year-old was two: it was a nightmare travelling with him," she said.

"He was tired, I was tired, everyone was tired; we had brought tablets, sweets, colouring pencils - everything and anything to try keep them calm.

"It doesn't always work out the way you want it to work out.

"As a parent with young kids on a plane, I would absolutely 100% love to have that section on the plane where I wouldn't be getting the hard stares off the other people that want the peace and quiet.

"Believe me, I'd want the peace and quiet too."

'Adults are worse'

Cathy said people need to remember one important detail.

"Kids are kids; we were all kids," she said.

"People are very quick, I think, to just have no tolerance for kids.

"I could understand somebody maybe on a long-haul flight if they need to work or whatever.

"The other thing I would kind of feel is I think adults are actually worse than kids.

"Kids don't set out to be annoying... I think adults are worse.

"Particularly with the whole public transport [system], whether it's planes, it's trains, it's buses - they're far worse than kids.

"Roaring and shouting on mobile phones, you hear every minute detail of their personal lives," she added.

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