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Some fliers prefer children neither seen, nor heard nearby

A 60-year-old man accused of slapping a crying toddler on a Delta flight earlier this month has put a spotlight on one of the most tension-filled aspects of flying — how irritable passengers on a packed plane co-exist with crying children.
The incident, which has led to an assault charge being filed against the older flier, has also rekindled a debate about whether airlines should carve out sections that are adults only, an idea that some passengers support, but some industry observers say won’t fly.

The tension between adults and pint-size seatmates is “pretty significant,” says Brandon Macsata, executive director of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights, particularly at a time when cabins are packed as airlines pare the number of seats they make available.

“The larger issue is if you’re a passenger without a kid, you have to expect there will be times when you’re flying with a screaming child,” Macsata says. “If you’re a passenger with a child, it’s incumbent upon you to do everything you can to make sure the kid doesn’t get out of control.”…

… Several surveys taken in recent years indicate there are some fliers who would like to see spaces that are kid-free zones.

A TripAdvisor poll to be released next week found that 23 percent of 2,001 respondents were willing to pay $25 or less to sit in a “quiet” section of a jet...