Shutting kids out

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we asked listeners what they thought of the growing trend of restaurants and airlines excluding young kids altogether, or limiting where they can be.  Malaysian Airlines bars infants from first-class, while a Pennsylvania restaurant has decided to ban kids under the age of six.  My wife and I enjoy a local restaurant that regularly features jazz, but doesn’t allow kids.

I was surprised by the overwhelming percentage of listeners who supported the bans.  Very few called in to challenge restaurant patrons to be more tolerant of children’s behavior.

Though it’s an unscientific sample, it represents many people who’ve had enough of kids acting out publicly, without parents taking action.  I’m sure you’ve seen examples of both excellent and deficient parenting in public places.  It’s unfortunate that some airlines and restaurants feel they have to consider this action to protect their environments for other customers.  However, many of our listeners clearly want to see the practice expanded.  What do you think?

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