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to be annoyed that malyasia airlines

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catgirl1976 Wed 29-Jun-11 17:43:05

have been allowed to ban babies in first class?? 1st airline to do it and I bet it starts a trend. How is it ok to be sat next to a crying baby if you fly economy but not if you go first? I suppose they think people travelling 1st would be happy to dump the baby in economy with the nanny. Nice family friendly policy there......

Andrewofgg Wed 29-Jun-11 17:50:24

They know their own market. Good for them. Fly somebody else if you don't like it.

bubblecoral Wed 29-Jun-11 17:51:42

YABU. People should be able to have the choice of whether they want to end up sat next to a baby on a long haul flight. If you don't like it and can afford to fly first class, choose a different airline.

Not everything has to be 'family friendly'. Children are not the centre of the universe.

worraliberty Wed 29-Jun-11 17:52:21

Brilliant idea!

If I flew 1st class it would be for a more comfortable and relaxing journey, so I wouldn't want babies around me.

carocaro Wed 29-Jun-11 17:53:11

I am with the airline with that one.

Firstly, there cannot be that many families with babies who can afford first class. Seconly, the airline has to make £ from highly profitable first class. Thirdly, if I were off on honeymoon or a swanky expensive holiday (which I would not go on with babies) I would not want to sit on a 13 hour flight with a crying/screaming baby, not to mention the enclosed poo smell from nappies. Fourthly, people pay for the peace, luxury and space and special treatment, all of which would be impossible with a baby.

Just because we have babies (and yes I have had babies) does not give us the right to be anywhere and everywhere with them at all times. There has to be mutual respect to those with and without babies. LIke oil and water, ther just don't mix.

And in the grand scheme of life it's not really going to affect too many people too badly is it? PLus economy on MA is actually quite good compared to some, so you would not exactly be slumming it either.

agedknees Wed 29-Jun-11 17:54:53

I flew Malaysia with my dd (who was a little one). Could not fault the attention we got and we where only in economy.

They are a business, they know their customers. They can do what they like.

Gooseberrybushes Wed 29-Jun-11 17:55:23

"How is it ok to be sat next to a crying baby if you fly economy but not if you go first?"

because you paid about eight times as much for your seat?

BornInAfrica Wed 29-Jun-11 17:57:25

Shame they don't do short haul to Europe - I'd be on 'em like a flash! I've had babies, I know they scream, I know other people don't like it. I always always removed mine from restaurants etc when they started and I just don't get why other people think theirs have a God given right to scream the place down and ruin everyone's day!

Omigawd Wed 29-Jun-11 17:59:19

Bloody good idea - can we also have economy class without babies too, or maybe a baby section in plane where they can all howl and be sick together. had more than one 7+ hour flight made a misery by someone's screaming little darling.

<kids are older now - smug>

worraliberty Wed 29-Jun-11 18:01:16

Or a baby only airplane flown by a deaf Pilot grin

Andrewofgg Wed 29-Jun-11 18:02:11

Can babies fly Cargo Class?

Andrew, behave. Break the habit of a lifetime and BEHAVE!

catgirl1976 Wed 29-Jun-11 18:03:16

That is making me think of the Evian babies for some reason and they freak me out. Yuck.

It just seems like discrimination to me though - and where does it end - sure its just 1 airline and its just first class now which probably affects about 1000 people but what if all airlines do it and do it across other classes? How will people travel with babies?

worraliberty Wed 29-Jun-11 18:05:50

People will travel economy class with babies...they're never going to ban them from there because the majority of parents/families us it.

1st class tends to be full of childless travellers (not the big fat wedding kind!)

Therefore, as someone has already said...they know their customers.

LetThereBeRock Wed 29-Jun-11 18:05:50

They're not all going to do it.It's a ridiculous scenario,really they aren't.

yearningforthesun Wed 29-Jun-11 18:07:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sancerrre Wed 29-Jun-11 18:07:59

grin worraliberty good idea

I think it would be good to have baby / children areas on planes. When travelling with a baby I've hoped to be sitting near other babies so they can entertain each other. And so I know I won't be next to an anti-baby person.

yearningforthesun Wed 29-Jun-11 18:08:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ThisisaSignofthetimes Wed 29-Jun-11 18:09:02

Good for them. Have never been able to afford first class but when have been in Business I have noticed that most babies are in the back with the nanny anyway so I doubt it would make a huge difference.

LucyGoose Wed 29-Jun-11 18:09:16

If you pay $15K per ticket in 1st to you are prob a CEO or somesuch going direct to meetings and back. You need to sleep and work.

Its hardly discrimination. Babies can still go in Business Class and yell their heads off there.

LadyGrace Wed 29-Jun-11 18:14:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

catgirl1976 Wed 29-Jun-11 18:16:52

So how are people supposed to transport thier children? In the hold?

LucyGoose Wed 29-Jun-11 18:23:24

catgirl - in economy or business. And its only one airline that is doing this, so no need to get too wound up. I am sure BA will take your $30K for seats for you and baby.

catgirl1976 Wed 29-Jun-11 18:24:46

hmm thin end of the wedge though - thats my issue with it.

Gooseberrybushes Wed 29-Jun-11 18:25:51

if you're seriously suggesting this is a significant social equality issue I think your mental energy would be better expended elsewhere.


catgirl1976 Wed 29-Jun-11 18:28:02

Well don't say I didn't warn you when babies (and by extension their mothers) are banned from all airlines / restaurants / public transport in general.......

Am not going to lose sleep over it but think its a bit annoying

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