Kid-free flights, teens give back

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by SHANIQUA MANNING / NWCN

NWCN.com

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 1 at 11:08 AM

Kid-free flights

It’s happened to many of us. You board an airplane, squeezing through the aisles searching for your seat. You spot it. Then the dread sets in. You are the chosen one, seated next to a turbulent toddler.  The rest of your flight is anything but smooth sailing.

For many people, it's the second biggest fear of flying: sitting next to a screaming, crying child, especially if the child isn't theirs.  Now, there's an effort to create child-free flights or designated family sections on planes. A recent survey found that 59% of passengers support creating special sections on flights just for families. And almost 20 percent would like to see airlines offer child-free flights. A frequent flier from Boston has started a Facebook group called “Airlines Should Have Kid-Free Flights” to get the idea to take flight. Many parents even support the idea, saying it would make everyone more comfortable. But a spokesperson for the Air Transport Association says it's unlikely to happen. Separating passengers based on age creates a slippery slope.

Teens give back

‘Tis the season for giving back.  Throughout December, we're finding ways for you and your family to give back to the community and highlighting people who give their all. I found a website that's just for teens and young adults to help them find ways to volunteer. It's called dosomething.org. You can search for volunteer opportunities based on your zip code or your passion. It has guides for getting started if you want to create your own fundraiser or event. It’s a great way for young people to get in the spirit of giving.

Tune in to Northwest Families Wednesday mornings during the 10 a.m show and Thursday mornings during the 8 a.m. show on NWCN. You can also check us out on Facebook .

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