Nobody likes sitting next to a screaming baby on an airplane, but should they really be banned from certain flights? One British journalist is arguing just that, and you better believe the Internet had a whole LOT to say about it!
We’ve all been there. Forced to suffer through a six hour flight while seated next to a screaming baby. It can be hell at 36,000ft. for most, and British journalist Kelly-Rose Bradford for one, has had enough of it! Speaking to a U.K. talk show on Aug. 4, the writer (and mother-of-one) argued that airlines should segregate families from child-free flyers on certain flights, sparking an online debate of epic proportions. Here’s how the Twittersphere is reacting to the whole #childfreeflights dispute.
“Is it really necessary to take a tiny baby on a long flight?” Kelly asked on the This Morning talk show. “I think there’s an element of selfishness from parents who insist on not changing their lifestyle once they have their children because there are some things that just aren’t practical.“ As harsh as the comments may have been, the writer and mother-of-one seemed to be onto something as she continued to argue that airlines should offer “child-free flights” or special segregated seating for those flying without children. While fellow mom and journalist Emma Taylor called the idea “discriminatory,” a number of parents took to Twitter to weigh in on the #childfreeflights debate and surprisingly enough, many seemed to agree with Bradford’s suggestion.
Love my daughter but I would pay extra for a child free flight. #childfreeflights
— Raquel (@rann5818) August 13, 2015
— Katie Sandin (@SeattleKT) August 13, 2015
A mom to a 3yr old & a 18 month #childfreeFlights are a awesome idea! I won't feel so uncomfortable when my kid cry because their ears hurt
— Amber Danielle (@ambierj) August 13, 2015
— krystina tinker (@KrystinaMallory) August 13, 2015
I would totally pay extra for #childfreeflights or child free zones. Last flight was 4 hrs w/screaming triplets directly behind me!
— Julia Marvin (@jyugel) August 13, 2015
While there was a great deal of support on social media, many are still skeptical of the suggestion. In fact, many of those arguing against child-free flights seemed to think that obnoxious adults were more of a hassle to deal with than loud children!
— corey moss (@coreylmoss) August 13, 2015
How about banning handsy guy who drank 15 mini bottles next to me on my last flight? Way more obnoxious than my 2-yo. #ChildFreeFlights
— Holly Johnson Amaya (@hollyamaya) August 13, 2015
— digitalbotox (@digitalbotox) August 13, 2015
#childfreeflights I understand but at the same time I've had more problems with inconsiderate adults than babies who's ears hurt.
— REE (@rachelee06) August 13, 2015
— Melvin Salazar (@mele_vee) August 12, 2015
— Liz Paulsen (@TosaLiz) August 12, 2015
As Today notes, this isn’t the first time the idea has been suggested. Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson, 65, previously told Condé Nast Traveler in July 2014 that he would “love to introduce kid’s class.” “It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them,” he explained. Now, if we could only get them to do something about the food!
Tell us HollywoodLifers — What do YOU think of the #childfreeflights debate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
— Alyssa Montemurro