I Don't Know About You, But I'm Excited To Hear This Airline Is Launching Adult-Only Sections Onboard

The debate over whether or not children belong on planes is as old as...well...commercial planes. In the past, BuzzFeed has spoken to exasperated parents who dread traveling with their little ones for fear of tantrums, messes, or, as one person told us, their child vomiting everywhere (while they were in the middle seat).

Animated image of a lady with a baby on a plane
Bro Vector / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Likewise, we're hearing more and more stories about parents expecting others to exchange seats so they might sit with their child — which often either leaves the person switching with a crappier seat or, if they decline, a sense of guilt. (And if they decline, parents are liable to throw a tantrum themselves.)

The wing of a plane
Ilja Enger-tsizikov / Getty Images

Either way, these experiences have led many online to suggest airlines begin offering child-free flights.

My unpopular opinion is there should be child free flight options. 😭😩🤣

— Karmen | Coolella De Vil (@coolgirlkarmen) November 15, 2021

Twitter: @coolgirlkarmen

"If I can book a child-free resort, I should be able to book a child-free flight," one Twitter user reasoned.

If I can book a child free resort, I should be able to book a child free flight. https://t.co/UsXdckZLkO

— Rach (@raerhi) April 7, 2022

Twitter: @raerhi

And people are willing to pay big money for the option!

In the last 30 minutes of this 16 hour flight & just want to say we need child free flight options pls i will pay big money

— sarah (@Sarahndipity_95) July 10, 2023

Twitter: @Sarahndipity_95

Enter Corendon Airlines, a Turkish-Dutch airline that recently announced they'd be introducing child-free zones on flights between Amsterdam and Curaçao.

A Corendon plane
Schulzhattingen / Getty Images

Starting on November 3 of this year, adult-only zones will consist of 9 XL seats with extra leg room and 93 standard seats, Corendon shared. These seats will be separated from others via walls and curtains.

Reserving a standard seat in the adult-only zone will cost passengers €45, or about $48, and €100 for an XL seat, or about $108 one way.

And you must be 16 years or older to sit within the zone. 

In a statement on their website, Corendon says the adult-only "zone in the aircraft is intended for travelers traveling without children and for business travelers who want to work in a quiet environment."

Luggage outside of a plane
Frantic00 / Getty Images

They also believe separating the two client types will benefit parents as well. "At the same time, the introduction of the Only Adult zone also has a positive effect for 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," their website says.

A Corendon plane
Avzimovskoy / Getty Images

What are your thoughts on child-free zones on planes? Let us know in the comments.