Major U.S. airlines have no plans to introduce kid-free zones despite constant cries from passengers bothered by infants and toddlers. However, a growing trend abroad could speed up introduction at home.
Passengers flying with Scoot Airlines can be upgraded to the 41-seat “ScootinSilence” cabin in rows 21 to 25 for S$18 ($14), where children under the age of 12 are banned from sitting.
The child-free cabin offers more legroom than the rear section of the aircraft, with a 35-inch seat pitch, four inches more than in economy class.
The budget arm of Singapore Airlines is the latest carrier to introduce a child-free zone on planes.
In February, Malaysian airline Air Asia X launched “quiet zones” on selected flights where children under the age of 12 were banned from the first seven economy class rows on Airbus A330-300 flights to China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia and Nepal.
The child-free areas contain “special ambient lighting” and provide a “more relaxing atmosphere” according to the Air Asia X website.
Last year, Malaysian Airlines also banned infants from first-class cabins on its Airbus A380 “superjumbo” aircrafts and Boeing 747s, claiming several passengers have complained of noise from crying babies.
Jeremy Clarkson, the Top Gear presenter, recently prompted a strong reaction from Twitter users after he suggested that children should be stashed in the luggage hold during flights .
A survey last month suggested that unruly children remain the biggest in-flight annoyance for the majority of travellers – ahead of drunken passengers, surly cabin crew and over-talkative neighbours.
Nearly a third of those surveyed said they would pay more to sit in a child-free zone while a quarter would pay up to £50 per return flight for the privilege, and seven per cent said they would pay even more.
A poll of Telegraph Travel readers last year also found that nearly 70 per cent would support the introduction of child-free flights.
The Singapore-based Scoot Airlines runs daily services to Sydney and five flights a week to the Gold Coast.
Photo credit: A family gets comfortable in coach class. Lars Plougmann / Flickr