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One Airline Does What So Many Others Dream About — Bans Kids Entirely

By Meredith Carroll |

Children on airplanes

This might be the only flying option for kids one day soon

It’s no secret that more than ever, kids are persona non grata in the friendly skies. Jet Blue kicked off one family recently after a toddler had a brief tantrum over sitting down and getting buckled in. Alaska Airlines called the cops on another family after the flight crew felt they weren’t authoritative enough to handle a couple of unruly kids. One airline actually has a sense of humor about kids on airplanes. No matter which way you look at it, however, it has become pretty clear: No one likes to fly with kids.

One airline is making that fact crystal clear. Malaysia Airlines will ban children not just in first class, but also in the economy seats on it’s new double-decker A380 aircraft, according to reports (via the New York Daily News).

The “superjumbo” jet will start flying this summer, and will restrict seats on the plane not just by price, but also by age.

The move was announced in an “advisory” to travel agents, which stated, “Passengers accompanying children under 12 years old age will be excluded from booking [certain] seats.”

The top deck of the flight will be a mix of economy and business class seats, and kids under 12 are not allowed in any of them. The lower deck, which is first class, already prohibited babies. The airline’s CEO tweeted last year that they had received complaints from top-paying customers about the inability to sleep due to “crying children.”

Here’s hoping passengers on the fancy new aircraft get some much-needed rest from all of those crying children. And here’s hoping the airline looks into why it is that so many children are crying on their planes.

Because as much of a nuisance as the occasional noisy baby or toddler is on some flights, if there are so many who are crying on Malaysia Airlines’ flights, perhaps the problem lies with the airline, and not the kids. Just a thought.

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “One Airline Does What So Many Others Dream About — Bans Kids Entirely

  1. Parents Palooza says:

    Wow! As a Mom who has flown with a baby & toddler over 20 times in the last 2 years I have to say I can see both sides of this. In 20+ flights we have had 2 meltdown (lasting about 5-10 minutes) and ONLY when we are stuck at the gate to board, deboard, or stuck on the taxi way for a ridiculous amount of time. My kids are just expressing what the rest of us are feeling–they just don’t have our filters. I also know that the guy in the seat behind me videotaping the meltdown through the seats was appalled at the behavior. However, I had kept 2 children under 3 happy for 5 hours on that flight with great parenting skill–at that point, I wanted to scream along with them. I have to say I get it though–screaming babies in a confined space is not fun. I even understand the send them to the back of the plane technique (however, making them the last ones to get off a plane is a BAD ideas!). For the inconvenienced Non-Parents on the flight–I am sorry. Just keep in my my 2 year old has paid the same price for her seat as you did. So maybe you have to deal with a little baby babble the same way we have to deal with the smells wafting back from YOUR seat when you “decompress” after we land. It comes down to this. We all have to get along–this is just a situation where we have to do it within close quarters. Oh, and to the complainers sitting in First Class: you get free drinks up there–what’s the problem!!!!!

  2. goddess says:

    Because as much of a nuisance as the occasional noisy baby or toddler is on some flights, if there are so many who are crying on Malaysia Airlines’ flights, perhaps the problem lies with the PARENTS and the KIDS. Just a thought.

  3. Pest says:

    Bratty, noisy kids are a problem on all airlines. Trying to blame Malaysia Airlines for the problem just because they are taking the greatest steps to address the problem is disingenuous. Hopefully other airlines will follow their example.

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