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AirAsia Creates Child-Free 'Quiet Zone' On Planes

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UPDATE 2/4/2013: AirAsia X (AirAsia's long-haul branch) has officially launched its "Quiet Zone" seats reserved for passengers over 12 years of age, reports Yahoo!.

The new section comprises the first seven economy class rows, and the "new Quiet Zone cabin features a new ambiance with soft lighting, offering a more relaxing cabin atmosphere," according to Yahoo!.

"This product enhancement allows our guests to have a more pleasant and peaceful journey with minimal noise and less disturbance," AirAsia X's Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani told the media.

According to news.com.au, the cost of choosing a Quiet Zone seat will be 35 ringgit or $11.32, the same charge already in place for picking specific seats.

PREVIOUSLY 9/26/2012: Another airline has decided to go ahead and create child-free zones on its flights.

AirAsia, a popular budget airline based in southeast Asia, launched a new booking system that allows passengers to reserve a seat in a so-called "quiet zone" with no children under 12 allowed at no extra cost, the Telegraph reports.

The zone consists of seven rows on the airline's Airbus A330s and will launch in February, according to NBC News.

Yet the zone comes with exceptions. On their website, the airline states that it may allow passengers under 12 in the quiet zone if it's “necessary for operational, safety or security reasons.” Check out the map here.

In April of this year, Malaysian Airlines banned children in the upper deck economy section of their A380s, setting off a debate about what's fair in flying (the Huffington Post community got in on the action, too).

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