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Old 10-05-2007, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Law, if passed, would force airlines to offer separate seating area.

Seeing Christopher Walken in a movie gives me nightmares. And I think the saucer-eyed Puss-in-Boots who hangs out with Shrek is creepy, not cute.

So when Iím on an airplane thatís showing a films starring Walken or that darn cat, I try to read a book and ignore the movie entirely.

It doesnít always work. So I understand why parents of small children worry when the in-flight screens drop down and a movie with potentially disturbing images pop up.

Rating the Family Friendly Flights Act - Well-Mannered Traveler - MSNBC.com
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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Would the special seating area be soundproof? That would be fantastic. You could shove all the babies and kids in there and actually have a peaceful flight.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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MY objection would be paying more for my ticket so that the airlaines can accomodate some OTHER passenger's rug rats... I look forward to the day when it's NOT all about the children...
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Would the special seating area be soundproof? That would be fantastic. You could shove all the babies and kids in there and actually have a peaceful flight.
AMEN to that!
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:28 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you had asked me two years ago and I would have been ambivalent to opposed. But I now have a two year old child, and some of the movies shown on inter-continental flights would probably scare him to death. Heck, he gets upset watching a Curious George cartoon - just imagine what would happen with an R or PG rated movie with true violence would do.

The reality is, if passed, airlines won't segregate the children, but will change the movies shown to be G or PG rated. I'm sure some folks won't be thrilled with that, but then again, exposing children to disturbing material isn't a great option, either.
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Old 10-06-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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The reality is, if passed, airlines won't segregate the children, but will change the movies shown to be G or PG rated. I'm sure some folks won't be thrilled with that, but then again, exposing children to disturbing material isn't a great option, either.
Since they can't please everyone that board their planes I'm guessing they will do what is best for their bottom line. They will cater to the largest and/or most profitable group of travelers. And I'm also guessing that FAR more adult Business Class travelers fly than two year old children...

Of course, there's always the possibility that a small group of self-centered parents (instead of BEING parents) will go whine to our spineless Congresspersons and they'll try to force the airlines to "do something for the children". And, then again, large groups of frequent fliers may exert their muscle to stop such nonsense. Stay tuned. Could be interesting...

Last edited by Crew Chief; 10-06-2007 at 07:49 PM.. Reason: I'm in just that kinda mood...
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:35 PM
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Since they can't please everyone that board their planes I'm guessing they will do what is best for their bottom line. They will cater to the largest and/or most profitable group of travelers. And I'm also guessing that FAR more adult Business Class travelers fly than two year old children...
My guess is the airlines will take the path of least resistance. Unless forced to take action, they won't change their behavior. But if faced with the option of showing a G rated moving or providing separate space for families, they are going to opt for the G rated movie. It just makes economic sense.

As for me, most of my traveling is business-related. But I really have very little to say on which planes I fly. My company is paying for my travel, they choose the airlines and negotiate the prices. I'm pretty sure that they aren't going to care one bit about what movie is being shown on the flight. And, to be honest, I wouldn't pay one red cent more for a flight because it was showing a "better" movie, either.
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:17 AM
 
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Rfb, I think you've got something there; airlines will take the path of least resistence. But I also believe they're more likely to want to keep their largest customer base happy. Albeit, inflight movies are probably not a big deal for most passengers; they don't factor much in our choice of airline. I'm just getting tired of the idea that everything we do in the U.S. revolves around young children. I long for the days when "children were seen and not heard"!
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