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Airline Promises Child-Free Cabins

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My son prepares to fly to France

It’s spring break season, a busy traveling time for college co-eds, and families.

That’s not a pleasant mix.

When we took our infant son on a trip to France 4 years ago. We got him a “Congratulations! You Get To Sit Near Me!” onesie to try and break the ice with the passengers around us.

Soon, that might not be necessary.

Canadian airline, WestJet, today announced they are launching Child-Free Cabins. Richard Bartrem, VP of Communications for the airline, launched the Kargo Kids program saying in a YouTube video, “We’ve heard from many of our guests that they’re tired of kids running up and down the aisle, and they’re looking for some peace and quiet.”

See the video after the jump

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SkoJy3D0M[/youtube]

The program isn’t targeted at business travelers tired of being the one sitting next to the screaming baby, it’s targeted at parents.  The airline’s Kargo Kids program let’s tired parents check their kids with their luggage.  They are then walked on to the tarmac and placed in a holding area in the belly of the plane where there are “plenty of toys and a state of the art feed trough.”

The video shows a baggage handler lifting kids in to the belly of the plane, while the parents let out a relieved sigh and sink into their seats in the plane.

WestJet launches Kargo Kids

Screenshot from WestJet video launching Kargo Kids

WestJet's Kargo Kids

WestJet's Kargo Kids has children ride "blue toboggans"

Ahh, but the kids won’t get to ride those blue toboggans down the chute – it’s an April Fool’s joke.

Do you think WestJet “got it” with this April Fool’s prank, or does it just reinforce people’s attitudes against kids and air travel?

 

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