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Old 07-15-2011, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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What about the idea that airlines essentially plexiglass (or something) the last six rows of either side of an airplane (737 at least), each side would get their own restroom. In one half we could put small children and parents,. Make seats larger so they could sleep in laps/stretched out parents. The other side would be smokers so they could 'relax'.

Neither could leave their areas until the end of the flight. Thoughts.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Hahaha... are you kidding? Airlines doing something to please passengers? More leg room? Own restroom? Stretch out and relax?
The only thing they would love to implement is in your last sentence!
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:07 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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What about the idea that airlines essentially plexiglass (or something) the last six rows of either side of an airplane (737 at least), each side would get their own restroom. In one half we could put small children and parents,. Make seats larger so they could sleep in laps/stretched out parents. The other side would be smokers so they could 'relax'.

Neither could leave their areas until the end of the flight. Thoughts.
Interesting concept but doubt it would happen unless there was a demand for it and folks were willing to pay a premium .... The smoking part is out though ....
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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What about the idea that airlines essentially plexiglass (or something) the last six rows of either side of an airplane (737 at least), each side would get their own restroom. In one half we could put small children and parents,. Make seats larger so they could sleep in laps/stretched out parents. The other side would be smokers so they could 'relax'.

Neither could leave their areas until the end of the flight. Thoughts.
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Interesting concept but doubt it would happen unless there was a demand for it and folks were willing to pay a premium .... The smoking part is out though ....
Not much chance we will ever see anything along these lines. Most passengers are driven by one thing...the price of the ticket. Currently airlines are reducing expenses by cutting back on the number of flights they offer which increases the number of passengers on the remaining flights. These premium seats would reduce the capacity of the plane. Chances are these seats would go unsold. Most passengers would probably look to other airlines before paying for the premium seat once all of the non-premium seats sold out. Unfortunatly the cattle car mentality is here to stay.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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Cabin air is shared and circulated throughout the aircraft, so whether or not the smokers stay put doesn't matter.

Commercial aircraft lavatories are incredibly complicated, add significant weight, and take up space that could otherwise be sold. Good luck getting an aircraft to dedicate two entire systems for six rows.

There is already an area of the aircraft where parents can stretch out with their kids on their laps - first class
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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The other problem is if you set up areas for special groups, you'll either get complaints of discrimination (why do I have to sit in the bubble?) OR complaints of exclusion (why do they get the private section and I don't?)!!!

People can be pathetic!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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Lots of issue, primarily with safety and FAA regulations (one in the same really). Where would the safety exits be (you would have to design and entirely new passenger jet - which mean spending, not millions, but billions with Boeing and Airbus design, manufacturing, aircraft sales, etc)? Would the remaining restrooms be sufficient to accomadate the remaining passengers? Would it be economically feasible to have an entirely new class (besides first, coach, and maybe business class) for families? What to do if you can't fill up the demand for this class?
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I hate smokers on international flights, and I hate screaming kids on domestic ones. People would think Im insensitive if I said let them sit in the cargo hold.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Cabin air is shared and circulated throughout the aircraft, so whether or not the smokers stay put doesn't matter.

Commercial aircraft lavatories are incredibly complicated, add significant weight, and take up space that could otherwise be sold. Good luck getting an aircraft to dedicate two entire systems for six rows.

There is already an area of the aircraft where parents can stretch out with their kids on their laps - first class
I was hoping for sealing the smokers in, so they get full enjoyment of their cigs. Some airlines are banning kids from first class. Which I agree with.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Which airlines still allow smoking on planes?
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