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Should babies be banned from airplane flights? Why this mom thinks so

One of air travelers' greatest concerns has little to do with the plane itself: It's about who they may be flying with.
/ Source: TODAY

We're all guilty of it: Scanning the plane we're flying in, trying to figure out which of the youngest passengers among us is going to make the most noise during the flight.

And while many babies and toddlers are well-behaved during a flight, many are also fussy, weepy, and generally far from good seatmates. And why not? They're babies.

But what if they could be banned from some flights?

Child Free flights
Flying with children.Igor Stepovik / Shutterstock

Writer and mom of a 12-year-old Kelly-Rose Bradford got people talking last week while on a talk show in the UK when she asked, "Is it really necessary to take a tiny baby on a long flight? 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."

Her solution? "Child-free" flights. "We've got business class, we've got first class, why can't we have a family section?" she asked.

Needless to say, this stirred things up. Parents and supporters immediately took to Twitter, spawning discussion with #ChildFreeFlights.

Bradford isn't the only one speaking publicly about the idea; Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson suggested a "kids' class" last year. "It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them," he told Condé Nast Traveler.

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