- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2013

Youth under the age of 12 are no longer welcome in the first seven economy-class rows on Malaysian-based AirAsia X flights to six destinations — Japan, Korea, Australia, Nepal, China and Taiwan.

The ban starts this week. Airline CEO Azran Osman-Rani said the prohibition was a “heavenly package for those who want peace of mind,” according to a CNN report.

The kid-free zone is a cheap buy; costs range from $11 per ticket to $35.50, CNN reports. But its effectiveness is questionable.

The so-called “Quiet Zone” that bans kids has softer lighting but is sectioned from other seats by toilets and bulkheads, CNN reports.

“You’ll still hear the screams … if a child has strong lungs,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, according to CNN.