Banning Kids From Airlines Is Kind of a Good Idea

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So it's happened. An actual airline has issued a ban on children under the age of 12 in parts of their planes. Big parts, as Malaysia Airlines has said no kids allowed in their top level business and economy class, and no babies in their first class section on the bottom level.

While I can think of people I've travelled with who are a hell of a lot more offensive than my children, my initial anger at this proclamation from Malaysia Air has turned into joy. Why, you may ask?

Because I don't want to sit next to you either. If you find children so incredibly disturbing as fellow human beings on the earth, I'm pretty sure you're an unpleasant person and I would love for you and your misery to be seated far away from me and my (charming, sometimes loud) small children.

I don't need your nasty looks when my son announces his love for Gordon the train, or my daughter wonders out loud if we're almost there. Because for some people, every single thing a child does is offensive. Even just hanging out and being a child. Those people should have their own section on an airplane. Preferably in the back, next to the bathrooms.

Malaysia Airlines does make a point of saying their bottom economy section is family-friendly, with its own entrance and eight toilets to accommodate everyone. So I do appreciate that. In fact, that seems like a much bigger selling point than the banning of the kids upstairs.

Just remember passengers who pay for the "kid-free" section, annoying travelers come in all ages. By avoiding a child, you could be gaining a nose-picking, gas-passing over-sharer. Good luck with that.

What do you think about this new policy?

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bills... billsfan1104

I think it is great. Not everything and everyone has to revolve around your kids. It seems to me thar people think that they are entitled to everything. WRONG.

I am also sure they were not complainijng about your kids who talk a little. They are taljing about the kids and the parents who cannot control them. If I paid good money to sit in first class, I do not want to hear whiney kids or their entitled parents.

Miche... Michelephant

Not wanting to sit next to a child on a plane doesn't meant hat you are a horrible person, or that you don't like kids.  In a small cramped plane with no where to go I just want to be left alone and try to relax.  Not sitting next to a child simply increases the odds that there wont be as much sound pollution.  Of course there is going to be some lady with too much perfume on, or an over-sized person (or a person without boundaries) taking up part of your seat.  But even well behaved children can be a pain if they are a chatter box. 

nonmember avatar Monzie

We have flown in First Class with my son several times and he has always been perfectly behaved every time. I wish I could say the same about some of the adults I have had to sit next to. In the end, I am much more tolerant of bed behavior in young children because, very often, they can't control themselves. But adults who hog arm rests, lean against my seat and pull my hair, get drunk and talk my ear off, fall asleep against my arm? Ugh. Let's give those people their own section....preferably someplace down in the cargo hold.

MsRkg MsRkg

I disagree completely. If I paid good money to sit in first class because its more comfortable for me and my kid, then guess what were sitting first class. Your money is no different than mine. Want to fly without the inconvenience of kids , rent a private charted plane, but just because I want to travel somewhere with a child doesn't mean that we should be forced to ride in the back or somewhere else.

craft... craftycatVT

Ok, but i also want special seating away from the people who smell bad, and people who cough throughout the trip. I kept my daughter quiet during a 9 hour,(due to weather), trip at 6 months old. I've been way more annoyed by adults than babies on a plane.

jasmi... jasmineg86

stop it, just stop. we all know that not all kids are problematic and i'm sure yours are wonderful...but if im on an international flight (that probably cost me a grip) then it would be nice to have to option of no kids- just as i'm sure there are parents that would prefer to not get dirty looks when precious dumps his milk on a fellow passengers head. i've earned the right to peace, just as you;ve earned the right to not have to deal with people who cant understand kids are kids. now, if i'm on a flight to orlando (as i was a few weeks ago) i fully expect that i roll the dice with how the kids on my paticular flight are behaving.

omgitsjo omgitsjo

Thank you, Jasmine. Just last week there was a kid behind me on a flight who kicked my seat almost the entire way from Houston to Washington, DC. I even asked nicely for him to stop and his parents gave ME dirty looks. On the return flight, there was a little girl who refused to wear her seatbelt and screamed bloody murder when her parents tried to get her to sit. She was almost run over by a beverage cart.. I'm sure these are the kind of children (and parents) that incited the ban. Not the kids who occasionally get a little loud and are corrected by their parents.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

The thing is this isn't a restaurant (I was on their side) this is transportation. I could see with so mny different sections banning kids from the upper level "business" section but on a long flight I might want to spring for more leg room, particularly with little kids. 

chigi... chigirl1228

I don't mind the idea. On flights where I don't have my kids I would rather not end up entertaining yours. But instead of dividing the plane into family friendly and kid free, why not just designate certain flights kid free. Which you would pay extra for. That way on the family friendly planes you're not automatically designated into economy. When I have the money to fly first class with my family I certainly want that option. There's more leg room and room to wiggle.

nonmember avatar zizzler

Kids aren't second class citizens. People who think their little brats are entitled angels are a problem--no doubt! But that doesn't mean you should start quarantining kids. Should the mentally disabled also be forced to fly coach because some of them are annoying and entitled?

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