As I’ve written in previous posts I am a big fan of Southwest Airlines. I was just recently reminded by a friend of another reason why they are popular with me. He was on an American Airlines flight where he was seated in front of a mother and two small children along with a her sister. What ensued was something you normally see on a plane.
2 adults, 2 children, 3 seats - do the math
Crying, screaming, etc. Not a big surprise. Kicking the back of seats.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not anti-kid, but I like how Southwest allows kids to board first. They tend to then cluster at the front of the plane and all of the screaming can occur in a contained area. I can decide how close I want to sit to them. Of course this is predicated on the fact that I have an A boarding pass and the plane isn’t coming in from a connection.
Could the airlines with assigned seating try to place young kids near each other? I wonder if they even ask for ages of passengers. What I do know is the people flying without kids would enjoy the flight more and the parents might be able to find solace sitting with other people in a similar situation.