Oh here’s a hot one for you!
Malaysia Airlines has just banned babies from all of its first class flights 747-400 flights and next plans to do the same on its Airbus A380 Super Jumbo jets (link: c). Apparently, according to the company’s CEO (who partly outlined his case, 140 characters at a time, via Twitter) some of the carrier’s business travelers were having trouble sleeping on their high priced flights because of crying babies.
We’ve talked about this topic before here at Good Enough Mother, but back then the idea of banning babies was just a concept in a poll. But it’s now a reality for Malaysia Airlines – and others are considering following suit!
My take: having traveled with youngsters before, I know how hard it is, on you and on them. But when I travel for business, I typically use that time in the air to work; whether it’s studying last minute changes for a meeting, writing, putting the finishing touches on a presentation, whatever. And it’s incredibly hard to do that with a kid kicking your seat or screaming loud enough to pierce the silence of your nose-canceling headphones.
The other part is completely selfish and bitchy and it takes a big woman to admit this, but dammit, I didn’t get to fly first class until I was well into my adult years. Should these kids really know the finer things in life before they really have a chance to appreciate them? See, I said it was bitchy!
In our previous piece, the poll results were overwhelmingly against babies in first class. But does this open a can of worms for the airlines? How young is too young? And when they fall on hard times again (and in a cyclical economy it’s bound to happen) will airlines relent and take the money to help the overall financial health of their operation? Hmm…
So what do you think? Is it a good idea to ban babies in first class? Have you ever had a bad experience with a child in the air? What, if anything, did you or the flight attendants do? Okay, let ‘er rip!