How did I miss this story? I must have been distracted. A 'man' in the U.S. was charged with slapping a crying toddler on a flight. That was right after he used a racial slur to the parents about their baby, who is not the same race as them. Very unreal. And look, there is nothing to discuss on this. Wrong. So wrong on so many levels.
BUT. It's now raising the issue about should there be adult only flights as an option for those who wish it. This seems to be going in line with the adult only restaurants and coffee shops.
I have an opinion on this (I know! Shocking!). It may not jive with yours. Let's discuss.
I'm all for it. I really am. If I could fly with Will and be assured that I didn't have to worry about pissing off other passengers, I would pay extra. You pay for a massage to relax...why not pay to relax a bit more on a flight? Why not take away a variable of worry?
I can tell you this. If I was going on a child free vacation and for an extra $50 I could be assured of a kid free flight, I might take it. Peace aside, I would also help to alleviate my guilt at leaving the kid at home if I didn't have to see others!
As for restaurants. I'm 100% behind there being kid free restaurants. There are so many awesome, kid friendly restaurants. We eat out probably once a week and we go to places where we know kids can be kids, where both of us can enjoy our night. Kids can be experimental with food without going to fancy restaurants at 8pm. I'm sorry but if I'm paying $100 for my meal and $60 for a babysitter, I don't want to be sitting next to a table of kids. I don't care how well behaved they are.
Recently, we were at a restaurant/bar with a slew of friends. We were shooting pool and shooting the shit and my trucker mouth friend was dropping the 'mothereffer' bomb quite a few times. This woman came over and said, 'excuse me but there are children here.' I wanted to say, 'yes and it's 9pm and maybe they shouldn't be.' Instead, we all shushed down and were on our best behaviour. No thanks. Why should we be? We left our kids at home where they would be happier.
I love my kid. I love most other kids. Not everyone has kids. Not everyone loves kids. It's okay to not want to have kids around. As long as there are options available to everyone, I don't see a thing wrong with kid-free zones.