Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Were you one of the thousands of people who traveled this Thanksgiving?
I personally have never had to travel far to see my family over the holidays. (And by far, I mean no more than a few hours in the car-- never have I had to travel by airplane.)
But to those of you who did travel by airplane-- how was it? With the new body-scanners in place and rumors of supposed protests involving those, I'm curious to know if any of you encountered delays or problems when trying to catch your flight.
But that's not the purpose of this post. The purpose is more what goes on inside the plane once you're settled and in the air.
It's most people's worst nightmare-- you settle in for what you hope to be a peaceful and uneventful flight and then it starts-- the unrelenting shrieking and crying of another person's child.
What do you do? Over the summer, one woman resorted to suing the offending airline, claiming a screaming toddler caused hearing loss on her flight from New York to Australia. The case settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
That's an extreme case. But for people who has been stuck in the air for hours with a baby or toddler wailing and crying next to them, it's easy to see how easily nerves can be frayed and patience can be worn thin.
Which is why some people are pushing for child-free flights. In a survey conducted of nearly 2,000 people, 59 percent supported reserving "family-only" areas on planes, while 20 percent were in favor of child-free flights. Many of the people who were in favor were willing to pay more for a ticket if it meant there was no threat of being seated next too or near a child.
And that's not to say child-less passengers are the only ones in favor of this measure. Many parents support it too-- after all, having a screaming child on a flight can be just as nerve-wracking for the parents. Having a "family-only" section would take some of the pressure off of the parents to keep their child quiet and distracted during the flight. It would give them the freedom to move around, play, talk, and generally stay out of the way of the other passengers.
So, what do you think? Are you in favor of child-free flights? Are you a parent with a fussy toddler? Do you understand where others are coming from, or do you think it's just another hassle of air travel that people should have to put up with?
Let us know your thoughts!