Separate airplane sections for those annoying kids?
Before I had kids, I was one of those people who dreaded a flight near kids. Of course now that the shoe is squarely on the other foot, I have incredible patience for all parents flying with children. As do many other people, I have been delighted to find. Except the man in front of us on our last cross-country flight who asked the flight attendant to have us moved - and mamas, trust me on this one, we were having fun but we were seated and definitely not crying. And not a word to me, mind you. So infuriating.
But this is an age-old issue - that we've discussed before - so not one to really write about, you know? Until I heard this recent NPR piece on the idea of creating separate sections on planes for children and us parents. Which he likens to a separate smoking section. No really, he said it. And the guy who ran this 25,000 person (admittedly informal) online survey has no kids - natch!
I guess the reason I find this worthy of urbanMama space is the decidedly anti family friendly feeling it gives me, the sense (yet again) that children are not embraced as part of our society, but rather a nuisance for many. Too loud, too messy, too something. Ugh. Why can't we all be friends? Just don't quarantine me, thanks. Next we'll have separate sections for people with loud i-pods, large bodies, long legs, bad breath, to name other potentially 'objectionable' qualities that might just get you quarantined in the air. My, my. What do you think?