After Southwest Airlines kicked a cranky 2-year old and his mother off a flight last week, there seems to be growing support for adult-only flights. As a parent of two kids under the age of five, I’ve learned to tolerate the ruckus that kids can make on planes and sympathize with the parents doing all they can to calm their little bundles of joy. However, according to a recent survey conducted by MSNBC, I may be in the vast minority. A full 76% of those polled support Southwest’s decision to give mom and child the boot. The survey was also flush with interesting comments – including talk of adult-only flights.
I suppose if pets can have their own exclusive flights, it only makes sense that there should be adult-only flights as well, right? Perhaps that would better serve those passengers less tolerant of kids – and prevent parents from suffering the embarrassment of a rowdy child.
Would you pay a little extra for a flight with no kids? Got an opinion? Post it here.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Northwest Airlines Flight 195 out of Minneapolis was apparently “attacked” by Pigeons Saturday afternoon while taking off for Las Vegas. The pilot announced the bird strike about 15 minutes into the flight and decided to return to MSP because of suspected engine damage. The plane landed safely and there were no injuries in the incident. The passengers experienced a two-hour delay due to the attack.
- As of last week, both Continental Airlines and Air China have agreed to share frequent flier points so that travelers may earn miles easier. Now, Air China PhoenixMiles members will earn Status Mileage on all scheduled flights run by Continental. They can also redeem Award Travel for any round-trip flights and Award Upgrades involving Continental. Continental OnePass members can also accrue EQM and EQP on flights, and redeem Award Travel and Upgrades for round-trips with Air China.
- Virgin Atlantic today introduced a new iPhone app that’s designed to help travelers overcome their fear of flying. The “Flying Without Fear” app contains a personal introduction by Sir Richard Branson, a video-based in-flight explanation from start to finish of a flight, relaxation exercises and fear therapy, a fear attack button for emergencies with breathing exercises and quick tips – among other features. As a bonus, users of the app are offered 2,000 points when joining Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. The app is available for $4.99.
- JetBlue, the largest domestic carrier serving Boston, has become the official airline of Boston College Athletics. According to a press release, JetBlue’s sponsorship of the Eagles (financial terms not disclosed) includes fixed and electronic signage in Boston College athletic facilities including Alumni Stadium, home of Boston College football and Conte Forum, home of Boston College basketball and hockey. Additional sponsorship elements include on-field, on-court and on-ice promotions; a comprehensive online marketing program featuring rotating web banners and fixed advertising positions on bceagles.com; a branded email promotional campaign; and print advertisements in Boston College Athletic publications and in-game program guides.