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