Should People Be Able To Fly Child Free?

Airlines have a lot going on. Not nearly enough space, bad food, expensive drinks, and now apparently some are complaining about having to fly with small children.

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Airlines have a lot going on. Not nearly enough space, bad food, expensive drinks, and now apparently some are complaining about having to fly with small children.

Kelly Rose Bradford, a journalist from London, argues that unlike many other places, on a plane there’s no way to get away from a screaming infant.

 

Now, a fiery Twitter debate has been triggered by parents who are either outraged, or singing her praises.

“I’ve read some of the comments on Twitter and I’m always happy to have sparked a debate and to be involved in a debate, but people have used words like segregation — suggesting that I think children should be seen and not heard,” Kelly Rose Bradford of London, England, told ABC News today. “That’s not what it’s about.”

“You’re stuck when you’re on a plane and you can’t move away from the source of the noise,” she said.

Bradford, a journalist and mom of one, said people began sounding off using the hashtag #childfreeflights, following her appearance on a British television program called “This Morning” on Aug. 4.

The topic discussed that day was child-free flying, she said, and both sides of the issue were represented, by Bradford and another woman who argued against the proposal.

“I just went on and put forward the case,” Bradford said. “I think as a customer you should have the option to select seats that are away from families, or away from small children.”

“Families can be in an area where they know if they are going to be embarrassed by their kids noise-making, they wouldn’t have to worry so much about feeling they were under scrutiny by other passengers — indeed miserable ones like me, to hear their children kicking off, shouting and screaming,” she added.

Bradford isn’t talking about government involvement, so right now this appears to be purely a business matter, rather than a political one.

That said, what do you think?  Should airlines offer either childless flights or, at least, child free sections?

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