An airline is offering passengers the option to upgrade to seats in a quiet zone – where children are banned.

Scoot, the budget arm of Singapore Airlines, offers customers the option to fly “in peace and quiet”, at a cost of £10 (R160).

They promise that if they were to opt in for a ScootinSilence cabin, they would enjoy “exclusivity and privacy, as under 12s will be someplace else”.

The low-cost carrier, which flies to Sydney and the Gold Coast from Singapore, has banned pre-teens from the first seven rows of its economy-class section, and passengers can upgrade to the 41-seat ScootinSilence area.

Each seat in the child-free area comes with extra leg room with a pitch of up to 89cm – 10cm more than the standard economy seat.

Chief executive Campbell Wilson said Scoot was all about fun, value and empowerment to choose no frills that customers valued, including baggage, meals, in-flight entertainment and comfort kits. “No offence to our young guests or those travelling with them – you still have the rest of the aircraft,” he said.

Another budget carrier, AirAsia X, which flies to Australia from Malaysia, banned babies from sections of its planes in February, the Telegraph reported.

Malaysia Airlines has banned infants from first-class cabins, saying it has received many complaints about noisy infants from well-heeled passengers. – Daily Mail