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Steven Frischling, aka: Fish, is globe hopping professional photographer, airline emerging media consultant working with large global airlines and founder of The Travel Strategist. Fish has racked up more than 1,000,000 miles since he started to track his mileage in 2005.

Fish's travel tends to be less than leisurely, including flying from New York to Basrah, Iraq, for six hours; Hong Kong for eight hours, Kuwait City for two hours and traveling around the world in 3.5 days to shoot a series of photo assignments in 4 cities and 4 countries on 3 separate continents.

Fish grew up at the end of New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L, which probably explains his enjoyment of watching planes, fly overhead. When not shooting photos or traveling Fish designs camera bags, hones is expertise on airline security and spends his time at home cheering for the Red Sox with his 3 kids 102 yards from the ocean.

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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