A FEW years ago a spate of airlines introduced child-free areas on their planes, in order to appeal to business travellers. Now another carrier has joined the list. This week, IndiGo, an Indian operator, said it was designating rows 1-4 and 11-14 (which includes the exit row) as “quiet zones”, out of bounds to children younger than 12. According to the International Business Times, the rows have extra leg space, better armrests and seat cushioning. It goes without saying that they also cost more.

It seems a peculiarly Asian phenomenon. Other airlines to have tested the concept include Scoot, a Singaporean budget carrier and AirAsia X of Malaysia. Back in 2013, Skift, a travel website, polled the big American airlines and found no appetite among them to follow suit. Although it must be said the idea has gained more traction inside The Economist’s editorial meetings. Indeed, in 1998, we wrote a Continue reading