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Child-free zones on planes and trains, is it discriminatory?

Child-free zones on planes and trains, is it discriminatory?


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Some time ago a news item broke that sparked a wave of comments about traveling with children. And it is that, since 2011 an Asian airline, Malasya Airlines, does not admit babies in first class and in 2012 gave an order not to reserve seats on the upper deck of its Jumbo to children under 12 years old. This trend has been followed by two other low cost Asian airlines, which for an extra fee, ensure the distance of any child when reserving a seat on the plane. The controversy between the supporters of this policy and the detractors is served.

A few years ago, before I was a mother, I was traveling on a train to the south of Spain. Two seats in front, a mother with three small children tried to keep them calm, but the baby was crying, the middle one wanted to escape to explore and the oldest, more calm, stayed by her side. The mother, in a hurry, tried to keep them calm. After half an hour of travel, an elderly passenger began to get impatient because he wanted to take a nap, an hour later he shouted madly at his mother: 'If you don't know how to keep your children calm, don't travel with them. The old man turned to ask my approval, and was met with my outrage and full support for the mother, who did what she could.

Everyone, at some point we have experienced similar situations. Traveling with young children is not always easy. Parents usually plan the trip and we bring thousands of gadgets to entertain them: the portable DVD, games, books ... We use all the tricks at our disposal to travel without disturbing the other passengers. Parents, in general, suffer trying to calm them so that they do not disturb the passage, but we do not always succeed. Although I have also witnessed how some sad parents ignored how his son kicked the front seat without limiting his behavior.

In any case, the measure taken by the three Asian airlines is considered by many as discriminatory since, If there are no seats according to race or religion, weight or height, why should there be them due to age? Other people believe that children on trips are a nuisance, they prefer to have them the further away the better and they would be willing to pay extra for it.

I believe that segregating children on planes and trains is a discriminatory and unnecessary measure. And yes, I think that children can be a nuisance on trips, but don't gentlemen who snore, those who have insufficient hygiene or those who stick their elbow to occupy half of your seat? A little patience, tolerance and understanding, right?

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