You tell me if this make sense. Meantime, let's go back to that "no screaming kids" restaurant in North Carolina.
One of the diners there approved of the policy: "Prices are too high these days to go out and listen to that mess." And that goes double for airfare: airline tickets do cost a lot of money these days, and you already have to put up with a lot of nonsense like bag fees. Should you also have to put up with screeching babies?
I just hope I haven't given the airlines any ideas.
I mean, I don't have to tell you about bag fees, but of course there are also (optional) early boarding fees (Southwest, United) and sit-in-the-front-of-the-plane fees (American) and extra legroom fees (JetBlue and others) and…well, you get my drift.
My big fear: if family sections ever do become a reality, it could be a whole new revenue stream for carriers. I can hear it now: "Sure, you can reserve a seat on our new '21-and-older' flight. Of course, there's a fee for that."
Isn't there always? The question is: would it be worth it?
This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.
Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations that include ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. His website, FareCompare.com, offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deals.