November 25, 2013

Struth! No kids please, we're flying


 IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says that after Singapore-based low-cost carrier Scoot introduced childfree zones on flights, TripAdvisor asked more than 1,800 Australian flyers if they would pay more for the quiet of an area aboard their aircraft in which children were not allowed.

Almost two thirds (61%) said they would, 21% said they wouldn't, while nearly 8% didn't mind either way.

And the remaining 11% said they thought a child-free zone offensive.

"The introduction of child-free zones on flights provides travellers with a choice," said Andrew Wong, TripAdvisor's regional director for flights. "This might be the start of a trend among the low-cost carriers who make money by selling value-added services."

ScootInSilence is a 41-seat area between Business Class and Economy that was launched by Scoot in August this year, with no under-12s allowed and an additional 4-inch (just over 100mm) pitch – pitch being the distance between seat rows.

Scoot flies between Singapore and Sydney, the Gold Coast and various parts of Asia.


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