Would you ever have your child sit in a separate "kids cabin"?
by Suzee Skwiot
Be honest here, people. How many times have you taken a flight only to find yourself sitting next to a wired 3-year-old who insists on kicking you for the duration of the trip? I'm raising my hand here. And parents, do you ever wish that vacation time could actually start on the plane? Maybe you'd be able to relax in your seat and enjoy the flight without having to supervise the kids. Well, our wishes may have finally been granted because Richard Branson wants to start "kids class" cabins on airplanes!
Let's all take a minute to rejoice. The way we travel could be changed forever. Thank you, Virgin Airlines.
Fear not, parents, Branson has thought this idea through:
I would love to introduce kids class. It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them.
They would have nannies. Brilliant.
This way, mom and dad can spend their flight at the "big kids table." The kiddos would be safely tucked away in their separate area, complete with a caregiver who can watch over them for the entirety of the flight. Put on your sleeping masks or power up that in-flight movie, parents, because you would no longer have to worry about entertaining the little ones. They're off in their own little space, along with other like-aged kids, having plenty of fun. Easy peasy. See you when we land.
All right then, so what's the catch? Unfortunately, Branson has run into some trouble getting the entire idea approved:
We’ve had an issue with the Civil Aviation Authority. They worry in an emergency kids would be running in one direction and their parents would be running in the other. So we haven’t got it through yet.
Now that's understandable. Figuring out how to organize and prepare for any emergency is obviously important, and safety should always be a priority. Especially when you're 20 thousand feet in the air.
But if they're able to carefully plan for any worst-case scenario, this might actually make moms WANT to fly with their kids.
There are so many pluses to having the kids in a separate section. The kids will definitely have a better time when they're surrounded with play things and possible friends. Moms can recline back and enjoy their flights. And most of all, there'll be no stink eyes thrown around from other passengers. Win, win, win.
Can we make this a thing already, please?
Would you ever have your child sit in a "kids cabin"?