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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

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AirAsia X Introduces Kids Free Zone

Not long ago Malaysia Airlines forbid children from being seated in the upper deck of their Boeing 747s and Airbus A380 flights flying between its hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport.  Many airlines unofficially discourage children from flying in premium cabins and RyanAir has long since threatened to launch kid free flights … but now one airline has officially launched a kids free section on flights.


AirAsia X, a Malaysia based long haul low cost carrier (LCC), has announced a new passenger cabin named “QuiteZone” to be rolled out this coming February.  The QuietZone cabin will be rolled out on board the airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft, in rows 7-through-14, directly behind the twelve seats in the Premium Cabin.   AirAsia X’s QuietZone will only allow seating for passengers aged 12 and older.


Air Asia intends to create a bulkhead buffer between the QuiteZone and the main cabin. The cost of some peace and quiet in flight?  Approximately US$36 … although it should be noted that AirAsia X “reserves the right to seat a passenger with a guest under 12 at the Quiet Zone during situations deemed necessary for operational, safety or security reasons.”  Should a screaming 2 year old be seated in the QuietZone, refunds will be offered at the airline’s discretion.


Should you book a flight in AirAsia X’s QuietZone, seek out seats towards the front of the cabin, as sound tends to travel very easily in a confined metal tube should a screaming child be seated in Row 15.


Happy Flying!



3 Responses

  1. […] AirAsia X Introduces Kids Free Zones: Flying with Fish blogged about a recent development at an Asian low cost carrier — a quiet section of the plane that is off-limits to the 12 and under set.  No American airlines have introduced kid free areas, but I do wonder whether anyone will try it out in the future. […]

  2. Why not rent out noise canceling headsets, we are paying ancillary fees anyway.

  3. […] you hate kids?  Well if you do, Malaysia’s AirAsia X is the airline for you … as they rolled out a new Kids Free Zone on the…. No more crying babies for […]

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