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This is a less extreme version of the Child free airplane and Baby helmet ideas. I hope this compromise will be okay for everybody.
Have a movable soundproof wall, which will divide the cabin into a noisy section and a quiet section. Just like in the smoking section era, you will be able to
choose in which section you wish to be seated. Passengers with babies, severe snoring problems and masochists, will be able to choose the noisy section and dont have to contend with all those intolerant passengers that want peace and quiet.
I may be a bit naive, but I have a hunch that passengers will choose the appropriate section, just like they did in the days of the smoking section, even though it was entirely voluntary. In the event where a passenger took a chance with his/her baby and it starts to cry in the quiet section. He/She will be politely asked to swap his/her seat with the quietist passengers in the noisy section (e.g. the poor guy with the snoring problem, that cant fall asleep anyways). Of course, the swapping would only be necessary if there isnt a single unoccupied seat in the noisy section.
The main engineering challenges will be to make a door in it and to make it thin enough that it wont waist much valuable seating space. Since most passengers would probably prefer an airline that has an optional quiet section, you would have strong market forces that would motivate airlines to install such a things. I for one would also be happy to pay a small premium.
[imho, Oct 21 2004]
[imho, Oct 21 2004]
punishment for making noise in the quiet section
[snarfyguy, Oct 21 2004]
||We might as well do this on a national scale. The noisy people can have maine and alaska, and the quiet ones everything else.
||I just figured those are the coldest, most undesireable places , and since we don't own Canada (yet)...
||We've been spreading propaganda in the states that we are // the coldest, most undesireable place// for years, just to keep loud mouth American's out.
||Oops I'd better stop typing my comp is melting a hole in my igloo and the dog sled is getting restless....