by Nate Wooley | February 4, 2013 1:20 pm
Starting this week, an airline in Asia is banning kids under 12 from a section of its airplanes.
The airline, AirAsia X, instituted the rule for its flights to China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Australia, reports CNN. On the flights, children can’t be seated in the first seven rows of the economy class section.
Air Asia X is the long flight division of AirAsia. AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani says the new section — walled off from the rest of the economy class by bulkheads and lavatories – will be a “heavenly package for those who want peace of mind.”
The new section, dubbed “The Quiet Zone,” doesn’t come free, though. Passengers wishing to enjoy it must pay a premium fee of between $11 or $35.50 per seat for the privilege — the standard AirAsia X fee for selecting a specific seat.
Children won’t be banned from flights, however. In fact, the airline is adding bassinets to the kid-friendly sections of the economy class to accommodate its smallest passengers.
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