Is it Fair to Ban Babies From First Class? One Airline Thinks So!

First Class Baby

First Class Baby

Let’s say you shelled out thousands and thousands of dollars for a first class ticket to Tikbuktu.  What is one of the things you are buying in addition to lots of leg room, unlimited champagne and scented towels before dinner? Peace and quiet. If you are lucky that is. Sometimes there is one of those screaming, crying, and giggling babies in your very expensive and highfalutin flying area. Your pricey seat just got way less comfortable, aurally that is. But one airline thinks they have a solution for those deep pocketed complainers. They have begun to actually ban babies from their first class section, and they are planning on expanding their no babies allowed program so more childless travelers can rest on their journey.

But is this fair to those who can afford it and want that luxury for them AND their baby?
The airline that has initiated this new policy is Malaysia Airlines, on there Boeing 747-400 jets. They reportedly will also soon expand to include their Airbus A380s as First Class baby free zones.  These flights are long ones too, from Kuala Lampur to Amsterdam, Sydney and London. Instead parents will have to book just business or economy. But let’s say you are an exhausted mother, and you too want to travel comfortably, and have room to play with and interact with your child, something that can be a challenge in the economy section.  Sure the baby might make some noise, but isn’t that why the airlines pass out earplugs to first class passengers?

Right now Malaysia Airlines is the only one to initiate this policy but Virgin Atlantic and British Airways toyed with the idea of baby-free flights but opted against it.
Do you think it is fair that airlines won’t allow your baby, or anyone’s baby to fly first class?

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