Babies in first class – Malaysia airlines

Do you like it when you go for a movie, relax in your seat and in the midst of an engrossing scene, suddenly a cranky infant starts crying in his highest volume right behind your seat?
I don’t. And I won’t.

I love babies but please do not get me wrong. There are certain moments when we would not like to hear an unending howl especially when we are finishing off some urgent work or trying to take a short nap.
Probably you’d suggest a couple seat in a theatre or a cozy enclosure otherwise?

Recently Malaysia Airlines decided not to allow infants in first class on certain flying sectors. As expected, many people did not welcome this.
But I agree with the airlines.

Inside aeroplane

Won’t you love a peaceful & noiseless journey?

As a parent who has traveled with a year old child I can say that in an air travel, kids till 5 years of age can create even more noise and disruption than most others. Little kids are not robots or machines. They will cry for various genuine reasons. From hunger to pain in ears, it could be as simple as an unfamiliar closed place with so many silent people around.

My child couldn’t say anything but had expressed discomfort through loud crying and gestures to go out. I was helpless and apologetic to other passengers. But let me tell you, it does not reflect our bad parenting if we can’t get them to instantly go to sleep or be quiet.
Just as we would want any other person to either be quiet or have their conversation in the alley or back of the plane, it’s our responsibility to take our baby or child to the back of the plane to try to soothe and calm him.
And don’t you worry. Most of us will bear the crankiness of the child. We will have to. 🙂

But don’t you think its time to think about a few people who have complained enough and are willing to pay extra for a comfortable, quiet, hassle-free journey especially on a night long flight? Don’t be a “I am suffering, you should also suffer” sort.

The Malaysia Airlines is losing some money by this decision but I think in the long run it’ll be appreciated & benefited. Remember, the ban is only for first class on certain sectors. Other classes and sectors of this airlines still welcome you along with your kids.

So what do you say ? I would love to hear your take on it.
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14 thoughts on “Babies in first class – Malaysia airlines”

  1. Perhaps in first class there should be a separate section for families with small children. Babies are not things that can be banned and their parents, who are paying customers, have the right to bring them along.

  2. I do agree with you up to a point… kids do cry.. we cant expect them to shut up at once, and it is indeed difficult to manage them… as you say, if we cant shut them up, we arent really bad parents, but there are also parents who pamper their kids too much and dont really think that they are inconveniencing others… and someone paying extra for comfort is certainly entitled to that comfort, and should not have to bear kids crying and tantrums..
    but then again, banning kids from a section doesnt sound all that fair either, does it? even parents with kids might want to experience that same comfort,and for all you know, the kids might actually be more comfortable in first class and make less of a ruckus!
    the same thing in reverse would probably work better – kids being given a separate section so that they can be together and have fun! parents can relax, and others too!

  3. NO! Really! Or anything under ten. 🙁
    If they are allowed, then it should be made compulsory to shut their silly, whining 3-year old mouths with scotch tape *grumble grumble*

  4. My 2 bits.

    There is a cultural or human angle and then there is a commercial angle.
    We are always tempted to blast anybody or anything that does not conform to our perception of what is right and our wishful thinking.

    I am sure the airlines in question must have considered all options and opinions before drawing up this rule. This would have also included getting feedback from the frequent first class travelers, that section of the society who would be impacted most.

    In my opinion this seemingly “draconic” rule makes a lot of commercial sense. If this was not so then what is the point in having the so called “180 degrees” convertible seats for sleeping.

    Now at least passengers have an option, to have peaceful sleep during long haul flights and wake up fresh.

    Of course they did not ask my opinion, otherwise I would have asked them to have 2 types of first class. 🙂

    (It turns out more than 2 bits …sorry)

  5. Interesting topic. To be honest I don’t see a problem in having a small area which is “baby free”, as long as the parents also have a choice of sitting in first class. Why not have a second class, first class and another first class which is baby-free?

    Or do it the opposite, have a “baby zone” where parents with young babies can be and comfortably knowing that all their neighbors would understand if their babies cries, as they might have the same problem.

  6. I agree with Arvi. Two first classes. I refuse to travel with fussy, whining kids who make my blood pressure shoot high. There is a reason some of us choose not to have kids, so the rest of the public ought not to inflict theirs on us 😉 On the other hand, people with kids ought not be discriminated against either. Two first classes solve the problem.

  7. If I had a crying child I would not want to be in first class- I think the parents should be thankful they don’t have to be up there….I had heard rumblings of some airlines possibly doing a section for parents with children under 5 years old- I think that would be a great idea. As you mentioned, the parent feels very ‘bad’ about how their child is crying- so it might help if their section had other children & they didn’t feel so bad about it.

  8. I understand the idea behind Malaysia Airlines’ decision of banning infants on first class, like you’ve said it’s their way of showing consideration to people who paid extra bucks for a more comfortable travel. Most of the people availing first class were professional or very preoccupied businessmen and their trip were more often business than pleasure so I guess they deserve a quiet flight and a good rest because we’ll never know what they would have to deal with when they land on their destination. Their flight might be their only chance of resting and it would be very inconsiderate to disrupt them with a child’s unending cry.

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