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.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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