Child-free Flights? Are They On to Something?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

For those doing the #30WriteNow October Challenge, how’s it coming along? Let’s keep it going! We’ve got a new prompt (if you need it) for Day Two: TRUTH. All right. All write.


The last time I was on a plane with my son, we were headed to Toronto for my oldest niece’s college graduation. The flight took about 90 minutes. Of course, the lead-up to the flight took days. OK, not literally, but the whole getting to the airport early, TSA line-up and security checks, US-Canadian border line-up, etc. It’s involved, man. Add a tiny human to the mix — with all their extra gear — and it’s a bloody ordeal.

My kid is pretty jovial … that is until you throw some loud, annoying sounds his way. That’s when he’s downright ornery. He wants to know what the offensive sound is, where it’s coming from, when it will stop, why it’s happening in the first place, and he wants to make sure you know that he. does. not. like. it.

So, you can imagine my joy when I found out that we were flying on essentially a toy plane, with extra-loud propellers. The child was not amused. But you know what? He did great. He had some little low-volume headphones hooked up to his iPad, and we held hands and looked out the window during take-off and landing.

Still, if some air travelers had it their way, my son and I would be put in our own special section — far away from them and their Quiet Zones. I wrote about this idea of having chid-free sections on planes (and why –in theory — it’s a good one) for xoJane. Have a read and let me know if you agree!


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