In the 35 minutes since this posted, three dozen comments have flared in support of this decision. Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, and other travelers have weighed in with their opinions – a majority wishing something like this would happen in the US Airlines.
According to CNN Travel:
Malaysia Airlines will ban babies from traveling first class on its Airbus A380 super jumbo jet, according to online reports.
The decision comes after the airline banned babies from the first class section of its fleet of Boeing 747-400 jets.
The baby ban will be extended to its Airbus A380 jets, Malaysia Airlines CEO Tengku Azmil told Australian Business Traveller on Sunday via Twitter. Requests from CNNGo to Malaysia Airlines for comment went unanswered at time of writing.
The airline ordered six A380s and the first is expected to be delivered in June 2012. “We [are] planning to stick to our policy for now,” Azmil told Australian Business Traveller in a Twitter exchange when asked whether the first class section of its A380 planes will have bassinets.
I personally am in support of this as well. As someone who travels – a LOT – I hate nothing more than an unruly child on my flight. And as a mother, I do not blame the child. As a mother I believe it is solely our responsibility to keep our children under control – whether you are in an airplane, restaurant, waiting room, or any other public location.
I have recently had to sit in many doctors waiting rooms as of late, and I have witnessed more and more cases of unruly children with the parents doing nothing. Just yesterday I posted this to my Facebook while sitting in a doctors office waiting room:
My first thought on the “Baby Ban” though was how will only limiting First Class take care of the wailing baby problem? I fly Coach and 100% of the time that I have had a wailing baby on the flight (which naturally is about 100% of the times I fly) right there in Coach along with me. And I know that the First Class passengers were just as annoyed as the rest of us – one walking back to tell the mother what a “great set of lungs” her child had.
Pamela Gifford of Yahoo News says it is “discrimination” – stating that the true definition of discrimination is “treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.” Her position:
“Not all babies cry all the time and by grouping them all together and banning them, they aren’t only discriminating against the infants but also the parent traveling with them.”
This part I can agree with as well. When The Tween was a baby we often flew from where we were stationed in Oklahoma City to our hometown of Pensacola, Florida. I am proud to say that she never – NEVER – got out of hand. In fact I had people comment on how pleasant she was for the entire trip. But I have to say – as a mother, I was PREPARED for that trip with bottles and pacifiers and coloring books and electronic games…everything I could possibly think of to keep her as comfortable and happy on that flight. And it worked. EVERY time.
So is there any real point to this Baby Ban? Will it make a difference? Or will you start seeing “Child Free” Flights all together to really take care of the issue of disruptive flights?
I was surprised by how much support this post got on WEAR 3’s Facebook page, with only one or two people in opposition – saying that it’s “silly. babies cry. It’s just what they do.” Frankly, I dont agree with that either.
If they were to start offering Child Free flights, I would be the first person standing in line. I LOVE seeing a waiting room with a “child section” with toys and games and stuff to keep them entertained… even when the mother does not. And when walking into a restaurant, I learned from my late Uncle when they ask “smoking or non” to ask for “non children.” It is simply to better my chances of having a pleasant experience.
So what do you think? Have you been on a flight with a wailing baby? Do you think this Baby Ban is going to make a difference? Or is it discrimination? I’d love to hear your thoughts!