If you are to believe the headline of the The New York Times article this weekend, Passengers Push for Child-Free Flights, airline passengers are mad as hell at those snot-nose kids on flights, and they are not going to take it anymore. But the article offers mostly just anecdotal accounts of some passengers bad experiences of flights with unruly children. The one “empirical” study, a survey of 2,000 travelers released by Skyscanner, seemed to contradict the title of the article, “early 20 percent said they would like to see airlines offer child-free flights.” That means over 80 percent do not want child-free flights, but why let facts get in the way of a good anti-children story.
Rounding up a bunch of people complain about how their flight was ruined by a screaming baby is easier than getting people to complain about the fat-cat in Washington. The only redeeming part of this article is that the airlines pretty much refused to even validate the premise.
This is just one article in what I am noticing as an alarming anti-child trend. There seems to be more and more stories of people complaining about entitled kids/parents. But the allegations always seem to be unfounded once you get to the second paragraph of the article. Maybe I am just more attuned to these stories now, but I don’t recall there being such animosity towards parents and children in the past.