Kids’ Class On Airplanes: Would You Go For It?
Quick–what’s your biggest pet peeve about flying? Some people will say that it’s sharing the same space with kids. From screamers to seat-kickers, almost everyone who has ever flown has a story about an out-of-control child and the parents who wouldn’t do anything about it.
Richard Branson may have the answer to your prayers. He wants to establish a kids’ class on his Virgin Atlantic airlines. He said, “I would love to introduce kid’s class. It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them.” Etihad Airlines already uses nannies to look after children, but they still sit with their families. Branson’s idea would be something different because parents and children would not sit together.
There’s a monkey wrench that’s been thrown into his plans, however. The Civil Aviation Authority is worried that in an emergency, kids would be running in one direction and their parents in another. Those logistics have yet to be worked out.
Kids’ class sounds like a good idea in theory, but I can see several problems. Many children may not be able to handle sitting away from their parents—even with nannies. I can’t imagine that it would be very restful or enjoyable for parents, or the people sitting around them, if they have to keep getting up to address their kids’ needs.
Flying can bring out fears in children and I’d rather be there if mine felt scared or uncertain. Like the CAA, I’d be very concerned about an emergency situation. If a plane had to be evacuated, I can only imagine the chaos of parents trying to find their children.
Honestly, though, I don’t see a kids’ class as the greatest idea in the world. Sure, it sounds wonderful to the people who get angry the moment they even see a child seated within 10 rows of them. Not even for a moment should you think that kids class would be in the best part of the plane. No, it will be by the bathrooms and in the most dangerous part of the plane.
Even if a passenger isn’t sitting in kids’ class, I wonder if it will still feel like it. In other words, would there be more than a curtain separating the kids from everybody else? What would it sound like to have a bunch of kids concentrated in one area of a plane?
Another idea that might be a good compromise is to have a family class or section where families can sit together. That sounds like a win-win. Parents are with their kids and people who don’t have kids or aren’t traveling with them wouldn’t be disturbed by kids or their parents who keep getting up to tend to them.
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What do you think? Would you appreciate or use an airline that has a kids’ class? Share your thoughts below.