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.
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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