Budget long-haul carrier AirAsia X will introduce a Quiet Zone in February on its flights in southeast Asia, allowing passengers to avoid crying babies and boisterous kids.
The carrier will set aside the first seven rows of seats in coach for passengers 12 and over.
Passengers can reserve a seat in the designated area when booking through the airline's website. There's no extra cost, except for the fee charged for seats with more legroom.
The Quiet Zone will be right behind the airline's premium flatbed seats.
AirAsiaX claims passengers will experience "minimal noise" and benefit from soft lighting. Bulkheads, lavatories and a galley will provide a further barrier to the noise of tantrums.
But the service comes with an asterisk: The airline may allow passengers younger than 12 to sit in the Quiet Zone when "necessary for operational, safety or security reasons."
The move follows that by Malaysian Airlines, which is creating a child-free zone in the upper deck of its Airbus 380 flying the Kuala Lumpur-London route.
When all else fails, earphones are always an option.
— Gay Nagle Myers
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