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Small playgrounds on airplanes

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 14, 2022
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Remove a few middle rows from an airplane and replace them with a small playground for kids.
  • Kids will have a place to play, socialize, and have a better time during travel.
  • Improve overall wellbeing of passengers by reducing monotony in the plane cabin.
  • Make airplanes less claustrophobic, at least for the seats around the playground.
  • People enjoy seeing kids play. I'm guessing it evokes their own pleasant childhood memories.
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In the middle of the airplane cabin remove as many middle rows as you can spare (2-3 would be enough). Build a small playground where kids can socialize, draw, climb, etc.
Make the playground elements taller in the middle and lower around the areas adjecent to where people are sitting. This makes the cabin feel more roomy.
I imagine something like this would fit nicely on an airplane:

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Turbulence-proof caged and padded playground

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 15, 2022
How about something like this to protect everyone from turbulence:

Everything on the inside could be foam-padded to cushion a potential blow

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Air daycare room

Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Mar 14, 2022
When I looked at the title I thought it was going to be a different compartment entirely, like first class. One covered with specific noise-cancelling material to solve the problem of kids crying and being noisy in flights.
As a non-parent, I would prefer that option much more.
Also, the first photo you used isn't a good example. The bubbles would fall off across the plane when one of the wings would go up for a manoeuvre. While the swings would be a liability because the chains would be reactive to the axis change and gravity.
Small open slides seem like the way to go as the kids wouldn't bump their heads with sudden turbulence. Or make the upper part of the closed slide soft.
The spring riders would be a great fit for this, turbulence would make them even more fun for those brief seconds until the kids would be called back to the seats. :)

I also think that airlines could also look at hiring child party performers for 2 in 1 job as stewardesses, where they would sometimes have an act to entertain the kids for an hour or two during the flight. That would require just some soft padding for kids to sit on. That way at least those people would at least get to do what they like doing while also having the benefit of travelling and earning more money.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 years ago
I think this is a great idea, but I think the reason something like this has not been done is that airlines are not looking to provide comfort to passengers at the cost of seats. Unlike cruise ships, for example, where certain comforts are afforded because the ships serve a purpose other than simply transportation. Airlines resemble buses more, in that they are only profitable if a large percentage of the seats are filled. Even first-class passengers aren't given that much space.
Perhaps we could think of a way to entertain children (other than screens and games) in the same space as their seats, without affecting other passengers?
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jnikola2 years ago
Spook Louw I agree with Spook. Not only it's not economical due to the reduction of the number of passengers and possibly increasing the weight ( in aviation, more weight means more expenses), but it raises security issues (planes encounter unpredictable turbulence that can cause injuries if people fall or toys hurt people). Also, kids' play often requires supervision. I can't imagine a few parents standing there in the middle of the narrow passage and just watching out for their kids.
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Michaela D
Michaela D2 years ago
I also agree with Spook Louw that cost-wise and security-wise it is very challenging. However, it may be possible. You would have to remove at least 3-4 seats and add a spring rider as Miloš Stanković suggested. Supply it with belts and surrounding protection (safety net or foam all around).
Its use would be paid of course. The paying scheme would be determined so that the airline breaks even if not make some money. If they lose 3-4 tickets, they would have to cover that cost. Parents can pay based on the duration of use by the child.
Airlines can adapt a few planes and use them in busy routes. Advertise them as children-friendly and attract families. The more families participate, the cost per family will drop. That would be the key to making this financially feasible.
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