Baby-free "quiet zones" offered on flights - PAU inglés Galicia 2013

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Baby-free "quiet zones" offered on flightsOne airline says it will offer baby-free "quiet zones" on its flights. Should all planes and trains follow their example, or do adults need to learn to live with child passengers?
At 10,000 metres, the howl of a baby screeches through a pressurised cabin. For travellers already stressed by lengthy security checks, squeezed into cramped seating and unnerved by the very fact of being so high above ground, it's almost enough to make them shatter the Plexiglas windows and jump. It's a source of anxiety for the embarrassed parents too, desperately trying to pacify their offspring while facing disapproving stares from fellow adults.
One airline is offering what it says is a solution. Low-cost carrier Air Asia says from February it will provide a "quiet zone" for passengers aged 12 and over at no extra cost. Separated from the rest of the cabin, these seven rows of seats should be immune from the sound of children, the company claims. It is following the example of Malaysia Airlines, which in April announced it would ban families with children from sitting on the upper deck of its Kuala Lumpur to London service.
For the childless and the easily irritable, it may be a relief, but introducing segregation would risk infuriating families who resent the idea they should be treated as second-class citizens. After all, there are no separate compartments for adults who disturb the peace and quiet of others by snoring, for instance, or taking off their shoes to unleash malodorous feet. However, there appears to be support for segregation. In April, a survey of 1,666 British adults found that over a third of Britons would be prepared to pay extra to travel by air without the presence of children.

READING COMPREHENSION

1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points, using your own words whenever possible. 
(maximum 50 words)

2. Find words or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the following  
a) break shatter
b) children offspring
c) airline carrier
d) smelly malodorous

3. Complete the second sentence of each pair so that it has the same meaning as the first one
a) It will provide a "quiet zone" for passengers at no extra cost.
b) Parents will be angry at the suggestion that they should be segregated from other passengers.
c) Do adults need to learn to live with child passengers?
d) Malaysian Airlines will ban children from the top deck of A380 aircraft.

4. Answer the following questions in your own words


WRITING

5. Would you like to have children? What is the best age to start a family? 
(Approximately 120 words).


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