A Malaysian airline has launched “quiet zones” on selected flights, where children under the age of 12 are not permitted to sit.
Air Asia X – the long-haul arm of no-frills carrier Air Asia – announced the initiative last year, but only installed the child-free zones this week.
Passengers booking online can choose to sit in that section by paying the standard seat reservation fee of RM35-RM110. Any group containing a passenger younger than 12 will not be able to book these seats.
The zones also contain “special ambient lighting”, according to the Air Asia X website, providing a “more relaxing atmosphere”.
The new seating plan follows a move by rival Malaysian Airlines to ban children from the top deck of its Airbus A380 “superjumbo” aircraft.
A number of surveys have claimed that the majority of passengers find noisy children their biggest gripe when flying.
Oliver Smith Telegraph.co.uk