A Turkish airline has now launched an adult only zone on some of its routes and this has sparked up the old debate about children – especially babies – on flights.
Apparently, the Airline, Clarendon, which operates out of Amsterdam, will separate the area from the rest of the passengers with walls and curtains. Of course, this is going to cost more – doesn’t everything?
In a nice PR move the airline said that this new policy will also be better for parents travelling with children because then they won’t feel that they are disturbing other passengers. Well if their baby is crying it won’t disturb the passengers who paid extra – but what about the others who did not want to pay extra (or could not afford to)?
As a mother (and grandmother) I sympathise with parents travelling with small children and babies. Flying is difficult enough for adults – imagine being 9 months old on a flight for hours and your tiny ears are blocked and sore. Even worse – imagine being the mother. Actually I don’t have to imagine. I remember flying from Mauritius back to Johannesburg with a baby. Eventually I had to strap him on my back and walk up and down the aisle. For anyone who has been to Africa you will have seen mothers carrying their babies like this.
I can still remember my stress and embarrassment that I was disrupting other people’s flight and I am sure any mom out there can identify with that feeling.
The only thing worse than a crying baby are the ignorant adults that have tantrums about a baby crying. This happened recently on a flight and the video has since gone viral. Some ignorant a**hole shouting and screaming and swearing – so much so that the flight had to be aborted.
So who was the disrupter here? Certainly not an innocent baby.