Last updated: 04:30 PM ET, Thu August 13 2015

Debate Stirs Over #ChildFreeFlights Movement

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 13, 2015

Debate Stirs Over #ChildFreeFlights Movement

Photo by Barry Kaufman

A British journalist has stirred passions and debate after her advocacy for child-free airline flights – or, at least, special seating just for families – was brought up on NBC’s Today show this morning.

Writer Kelly-Rose Bradford said the solution to crying babies is not bring them on an airplane at all.

Bradford is a mother, albeit of a 12-year old.

"Is it really necessary to take a tiny baby on a long flight?” she said on a British talk show last week. “I think there's an element of selfishness from parents who insist on not changing their lifestyle once they have their children because there are some things that just aren't practical."

Bradford said there should be child-free flights, a hashtag that has since been used on Twitter.

"We've got business class, we've got first class, why can't we have a family section?" she asked.

Naturally, the discussion has stirred debate on social media as people have taken to Twitter arguing for both sides of the discussion.

Another Twitter user took it a step forward.

But in general, most people were against the idea.

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A Today Show poll with more than 7,000 respondents found that 76 percent were against child-free flights.


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