Airline Bans Babies from First Class Cabins

KID-CRYING-ON-PLANE1Malaysia Airline has banned infants, defined on the airline’s website as any child under 2 years of age, from the first class cabins of its Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380 superjumbo jets, AOL Travel reported Tuesday.

Bassinets were not installed in the first class cabins of either fleet of aircrafts, which makes it impossible for young children to travel in those cabins under airline rules. Bassinets are available in the business and economy class areas of the planes.

First class passengers had apparently complained about the noise made by infants, and the airline cited the high prices those passengers pay for their tickets as part of the reason for the baby ban.  In a Twitter post, the airline’s CEO and managing director Tengku Azmil wrote, “Also hv many complaints from 1st class pax dat dey spend money on 1st class & can’t sleep due to crying infants.”

A February 2011 article in the Daily Mail reported that British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Emirates airlines were all considering offering “child-free” flights after a survey showed that three-quarters of business passengers consider children on flights to be “irritating.”

How do you feel about the Malaysia Airlines decision?

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  1. by Allison

    On June 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    While customers may pay a hefty price tag to sit in first class and expect quiet, what about the parents who are willing to pay a hefty price tag to sit in first class to have extra room for them and their family?

    While on vacation with my husband, 7 month old son and in-laws, we booked first class tickets. While it was annoying that the first class washroom had no change table, we made every effort to be courteous to the other passengers and even received compliments from some passengers about how well behaved our son was and this was after he filled two diapers, demolished two outfits and puked in my hair.

    We have done a lot of travel with our son (almost 3) and now with our daughter as well (14 mo). Most recently, we enjoyed an all inclusive trip to Cuba. The hotels, airports, airlines, shuttles and resort involved were so accommodating for families that it was one of our easiest times traveling (despite having 2 in diapers, and one on bottles and starting solids).

    When we travel with our children, as we do when we travel without them, we remember which companies / hotels / restaurants / airports / cities, etc. are the most accommodating and the most ‘user-friendly’. Restrictions such as banning all babies from the first class cabins would not be considered ‘user-friendly’ and we would definitely not be looking to use the services of companies that make such restrictions.

    Our trip to Cuba was chosen because we could not find a cruise that we wanted that allowed children in swimming diapers into the pool. The outcome? We thoroughly enjoyed Cuba and spent far less on a vacation than we would have on a cruise. What are more likely to do in the future? Go back to Cuba. Our son asks to go back at least once a week! And we are counting down the months until our next trip!

  2. by Heather Morgan Shott

    On June 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    We travel a lot with our 10-month-old son: He’s been on 14 flights with us. Luckily he’s always been excellent (and we’ve received compliments on his behavior), but he’s noisy and active. In a perfect world, Malaysia Airlines would have a separate first class for families. But until that happens we’ll just stick to the destinations (and travel companies) that cater to families. And in my experience they’re the norm, not Malaysia Airlines.

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  4. by Fernanda

    On March 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I have traveled all over the world with my baby & toddler. By age 2 my son had been to 8 countries. I always prefer to sit in the back of the plane for various reasons but I think banning babies from first class is too extreme and may hurt the company’s reputation for customer service. Traveling with babies/kids is challenging and the key is being prepared. I share my experience and travel tips on “Captain, may I borrow a parachute? Travel tips from a frequent-flyer mom” . A lot of parents have found it very helpful.

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