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‘Children are people too’: Internet divided as Corendon Airlines announces ‘child-free’ zones on flights

'On board our flights, we always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers,' Corendon founder Atilay Uslu said
PUBLISHED OCT 17, 2023
Image used for representation (Pexels/ Rahul Singh)
Image used for representation (Pexels/ Rahul Singh)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: A war of words has broken out on the internet after Corendon Airlines announced the launch of “child-free” zones on their planes.

The airlines' A350 flights, starting on November 3, will fly between Amsterdam and the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, and will have the front section of the airplane only for adults, the Daily Mail reported.

‘The first Dutch airline to introduce the Only Adult zone’

Atilay Uslu, founder of Corendon, reportedly said, “On board our flights, we always strive to respond to the different needs of our customers.”

“We are also the first Dutch airline to introduce the Only Adult zone because we cater to travelers looking for some extra peace of mind during their flight,” Uslu continued.

The founder added, “We also believe this can have a positive effect on parents traveling with small children. They can enjoy the flight without worrying if their children make more noise.”

The airline also issued a statement that read, “This zone in the aircraft is intended for passengers traveling without children and for business travelers who want to work in a quiet environment.”

“At the same time, the introduction of the Only Adult zone also has a positive effect on parents with children. They don't have to worry as much about possible reactions from fellow passengers if their child is a bit busier or cries,” it noted.

‘I cannot even believe that’s f****** legal lol’

But the new arrangement has not been welcomed wholeheartedly by everyone.

A person tweeted, “So apparently airlines are considering making ‘child-free zones’ on planes, & I can’t decide if this is a dystopian shift or not, but generally it’s really sad how little tolerance people have for children & babies—even acting like they shouldn’t be in public.”



 



 

The second one said, “I cannot even believe that’s f****** legal lol.”

The third one shared, “Having kids is already an isolating experience, before I had kids I never cared about other kids in restaurants or on airplanes. But if they want people to reproduce isolation for moms is not a good look.”



 



 

The fourth one wrote, “Child-free zones are nonsensical because if a baby is crying right next to the child-free zone, he/she will still be noisy enough for everyone to hear. Anyway, rather than child-free zones, I would prefer an alcohol-free zone.”

“I will always remember that flight I was on when the guy behind me drank way too much before even boarding the plane and starting puking red wine everywhere. It stunk so much, it was an absolute nightmare. And it was a long-haul flight as well,” they added.

‘I can't stand children in public places’

However, there were some who welcomed the move.

“Not dystopian at all. The free market will provide solutions to problems. If I want to pay to travel without a baby crying bc its ear drums are popping, I'll,” a user shared.



 



 

Another user commented, “I can't stand children in public places making everyone miserable.”



 

“What? I am in no way ‘anti-kid’, but I don't see the issue with allowing people to sit somewhere on a plane - already a generally uncomfortable place - where they are less likely to have to endure yelling, touching, and fluids,” a tweet read.

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