Some fliers prefer children neither seen, nor heard nearby
A 60-year-old man accused of slapping a crying toddler on a Delta flight earlier this month has put a spotlight on one of the most tension-filled aspects of flying — how irritable passengers on a packed plane co-exist with crying children.
The tension between adults and pint-size seatmates is “pretty significant,” says Brandon Macsata, executive director of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights, particularly at a time when cabins are packed as airlines pare the number of seats they make available.
“The larger issue is if you’re a passenger without a kid, you have to expect there will be times when you’re flying with a screaming child,” Macsata says. “If you’re a passenger with a child, it’s incumbent upon you to do everything you can to make sure the kid doesn’t get out of control.”…
… Several surveys taken in recent years indicate there are some fliers who would like to see spaces that are kid-free zones.
A TripAdvisor poll to be released next week found that 23 percent of 2,001 respondents were willing to pay $25 or less to sit in a “quiet” section of a jet...