You May Be Able To Pay Extra For A Child-Free Zone On These European Airlines

If you've ever sat in front of a screaming, kicking child on a long flight, the thought of an adults-only section may have crossed your mind once or twice — and you're not the only one. It turns out almost 60% of Americans would approve of airlines offering a separate, kid-free section of the plane, according to a study led by Newsweek.

Starting November 3, 2023, Corendon Airlines will be the first European carrier to offer an "Adult Zone" for passengers onboard the long-haul flight from Amsterdam to Curaçao, a popular Caribbean destination. Put another way, that's around 10 hours of peace and quiet for those willing to fork over an extra €45 ($48) each way. The "Adult Zone" will be reserved for passengers over the age of 16. 

The new section will be located at the front of the plane, with walls and curtains to separate it from the main cabin. For the €100 ($106) fare, nine lucky passengers can enjoy some extra legroom too, per the Carendon Airlines website. The Dutch carrier hopes this move will bring peace of mind to all travelers onboard, including parents with young children, as they'll no longer have to worry about disturbing other passengers while surviving a long-haul flight.

Other airlines with child-free zones

While Corendon Airlines is introducing the first of its kind in Europe, there are two Asian airlines with similar policies. Back in 2013, AirAsia X introduced the "Quiet Zone" on Airbus A330 flights for passengers above the age of 10. Those willing to pay extra can sit in a walled-off section just behind premium economy for flights to Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, and Taiwan.

Scoot, a Singapore-based budget airline, is another option for those looking for some undisturbed rest and relaxation. The carrier's "Scoot in Silence" section at the front of the plane is available for passengers aged 12 and above, featuring adjustable headrests, extra legroom, and the option to disembark before the other passengers.

The decision for airlines to have child-free zones doesn't come without contention, of course. Malaysia Airlines tried to offer a similar service in 2012 and later pulled back, stating that they would allow parents with children to board first to give them more time and get settled and reduce disturbing other passengers. For now, no other airlines have announced plans for child-free zones. Perhaps it's best to pack your earplugs, just in case.