One of the problems with flying is other passengers. Now that flying has become commonplace rather than being a special event in one’s life; especially since flying has become very affordable for most, airlines do get a much larger variety of passengers.
Whilst the vast majority of passengers are well behaved, keep to themselves or inoffensive in every respect, there are some passengers who, often through no fault of their own, just can’t help being a little disruptive.
These types of passengers include children on planes. A baby or young child cannot help crying, and it usually does so for a reason. Sometimes this crying can disturb other passengers; although, it doesn’t worry me as I realise it is simply a method of communication for someone too young to talk.
What does worry me is older children on planes who run up and down the aisles; who sit behind you and continually kick the seat, or who are in front of you and you leap up and down on their seat, impacting on my trip.
The Malaysia-based carrier Air Asia X, which is Air Asia’s long-haul carrier, has come up with the perfect solution by introducing a quiet zone on their aircraft.
The Quiet Zone is now a feature on all its long-haul flights across China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia and Nepal. AirAsia X has reserved the first seven economy class rows (row 7-14), immediately after the Premium cabin for this purpose. This new ancillary offering, the Quiet Zone is exclusively for guests who are above age 12.
The Quiet Zone cabin features a new ambiance with soft lighting, offering a more relaxing cabin atmosphere, which will ensure a more pleasant journey for passengers.
Passengers who are interested in travelling in the Quiet Zone cabin may simply choose the pick-a-seat option during the booking process within the Quiet Zone cabin area. No extra charge will be imposed for this option except for the standard pick-a-seat fee. Guests who are below 12 years of age will not be able to book and select a seat in the Quiet Zone as part of this new product enhancement.
Personally, I think this is a great idea as it gives passengers an opportunity for peace and quiet during a long haul flight. Mind you, I probably wouldn’t be booking row 14 as there is the possibility that you’ll still get a noisy one in row 15, but anything which helps to make flying a better experience gets my support.