How many times have you been on a flight where there were screaming kids seated very close to you? At that time, did you find it particularly hard to refrain from firing filthy looks at the parents of those children? If you have ever been anywhere near an airplane in your life, the chances are you will have answered affirmatively to both of the questions above.
But what’s the answer to this decades’ old dilemma? Do we ban children from travelling altogether? Do we restrict children to certain parts of an aircraft (e.g. the back)? And do we restrict their access to premium cabins and upper classes, which is certainly my biggest bugbear?
The simple fact of the matter is that children have to travel and there will never be any getting away from this. However, the British Government certainly didn’t help things recently by completely eliminating some air passenger duties (taxes) for children. This simply wasn’t fair! Instead, they should have looked at cutting the disgustingly high taxes levied across the board. To date, air passenger duty has been a licence to print money for many governments around the world – with the British Government being particularly greedy.
Next, we need to address the issue of where to seat children in the aircraft. Things are not working as they currently stand. Parents are not able to control their children in-flight and the airline staff are pretty much just as useless in this regard. Therefore, it would seem that the time has come for the airlines to look into the possibility of placing families with children towards the back of the aircraft; so that the vast majority of their customers can actually start to enjoy the experience of flying again.
Lastly, we need to look at the issue of children being allowed into premium and business class cabins. Even as I’m writing this, the hairs on the back of my neck are starting to rise in sheer unadulterated fury over this issue! Of course, airlines are disinclined to stop this as they want to fill as many premium seats on their aircraft as possible; however, it is always completely unfair when passengers have paid significantly higher fares in order to enjoy a more peaceful cabin, only to have to contend with dreaded noisy children yet again – this can never be right!
So, the time has come for airlines to start addressing the rights and requirements of the vast majority of their customers. The sad fact of the matter is that things are not working as they currently stand: let’s wait to see who the first brave airline will be. We’ll certainly report it here first if they do.
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