Should There be Baby-Free Flights?
Whoa, baby! The friendly skies arenâ€™t so friendly these days as a firestorm of controversy is brewing over babies on planes. A journalist from England recently stirred the pot when she asked why parents need to bring little babies on planes. Kelly Rose Bradford says some parents are selfish when they do so. She says parents need to realize they need to change their lifestyle when they have kids. Apparently this includes not bringing babies on planes–she wants baby-free flights.
Bradford went on to suggest child-free flights or maybe a special section on the plane for families. Since thereâ€™s business class, why not family class?
Since her thoughts went viral, thereâ€™s been plenty of cabin pressure building on social media. Tweets have been flying, both for and against the idea of #childfreeflights or â€śfamily class.â€ť Many people say they would pay extra to know they wouldnâ€™t have to deal with kids on a plane. Others say the idea is discriminatory and that everyone has the right to be on the same flights.
Weâ€™ve all been stuck in mid-air with people we didnâ€™t want to sit next to or deal with on a plane. Thereâ€™s the guy who didnâ€™t shower this century. Thereâ€™s the snoring bear. Donâ€™t forget the woman who decided it was happy hour for all four hours of your flight. The point is there are all kinds of situations you have to be ready for when you fly. Crying or annoying kids are grouped into that bunch.
I donâ€™t think the answer here is #childfreeflights. But, I do think a â€śfamily classâ€ť isnâ€™t such a bad idea. Just like other passengers may not want to deal with crying kids, there are plenty of parents who donâ€™t want to be stared at for eight hours because theyâ€™ve become â€śthat family.â€ť This could be a win-win for everyone. People who roll their eyes at crying kids have to know that parents donâ€™t want to deal with the drama either. But just like poopy diapers, it happens.
As the debate rages on there are some things that you canâ€™t argue. People will keep tweeting their opinions. Babies will keep crying. People will keep complaining. We all just have to keep calm and fly on.
Do you think there should be child-free flights or a â€śfamily classâ€ť on planes?
Kristina Cappetta is a former TV News Producer turned stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls. After years of writing depressing news stories, Kristina turned to the blogging world and created The Mommy Rundown to talk about the things moms everywhere are dealing with as they raise their children. Follow Kristina on Twitter @kcappetta