Malaysia Airlines says “no more babies” on their first class flights, after a number of complaints from other passengers were filed. Now, even rich business folks will have to travel with their kids in business or economy class. Oh, the unspeakable horror.
Apparently, crying babies in first-class cabins disrupt the sleep of wealthy passengers, and causes business-folk to lose concentration on their work. So the airline decided that those in cheaper seats could probably tolerate the screaming of babies in addition to cramped quarters, smelly BO, and awful food. The ban will only take effect on flights from Kuala Kumpur to London, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Some other airlines, however, are taking things one step further and planning children entirely from some flights…like Ryanair. Initially, the airline wanted to divide the cabins into “adult” and “family” areas, but it just wasn’t operationally feasible. According to a survey by the airline, more than three-quarters of customers complained about having their flights ruined by noisy kids.
At first, people thought it was a hoax. But then the big guys like British Airways, Emirates, and Virgin Atlantic started feeling the pressure to start “adult-only flights.” Travel journalist Dave Richardson suggested offering this sort of service on Boeing 747 planes, where two decks would make the separation easier.
Despite the pressure, however, Virgin Atlantic denies even considering the ban of children on their flights, citing the idea to be ludicrous. The other airlines remain to be seen.
What do you think? If we start alienating children and families from our flights, will we eventually begin alienating other people?