Indian airline, IndiGo, bans the children under the age of 12 in some areas the plane, including seats in the front and over the wings with leg room.
Yahoo New Zealand reported that the airline shared a statement: "Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers - row numbers one to four and 11 to 14 are generally kept as a "Quiet Zone" on IndiGo flights. These zones have been created for business travellers who prefer to use the quiet time to do their work. Also, in order to ensure passenger safety and easy evacuation during an emergency, we avoid children below the age of 12 to be seated in rows adjacent to emergency exit."
The controversial idea circulated shortly and received various reactions from the public.
"The policy is discriminatory. It means that you cannot ask for more leg space while traveling with your children," Pune resident Anshuman Sinha said to Hindustan Times.
"It's clear that they do not want children to disturb fliers paying extra for these seats. But then why permit children in the nearby rows either?"
"I will prefer another child-friendly airlines if IndiGo follows this policy," a mother of two under-12 children said to International Business Times, India.
"They could have specific time slots for child-free zones instead of a blanket rule. If it works for IndiGo's business, good for them, but I would choose another airline."
Meanwhile, "According to Jeff Edwards of Flyer Talk, the idea of adult-only cabins seemed ready to take the industry by storm, but it caused a logistic nightmare for airlines faced with policing seats in cases of delay, cancellation and changed bookings," News.com.au wrote.
Edwards defined the idea as "more of a passing fad than a revolution in air travel."
IndiGo airlines said that the idea is a "globally-accepted practice" embraced by a handful of airlines to save their premium passengers from crying kids, there is absolutely retaliation from passengers, Yahoo New Zealand wrote.
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