Airline Bans Babies from First Class Cabins
Malaysia 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.”
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