Babies can’t Fly First Class on Malaysia Airlines Airbus

July 8, 2011

Malaysia Airlines is remaining consistent in its belief that babies should not be allowed to disturb its customers in its first class sections. And if you think this is a new policy, forget it. Malaysia Airlines banned babies some time ago from its first class cabins on its Boeing 747-400 jets.

The extension of the ban to Malaysia Airlines new fleet of Airbus A380 will go into effect when those planes come into service next year, according to officials of the airline.

The airline was responding to complaints from its customers about crying babies in the first class cabin.

Who among us who take Transatlantic flights or even longer flights to Asia have not been bothered from time to time by crying, screaming, noisy babies who will not stop – in fact – who cannot be persuaded to remain quiet?

“We already hand out noise mitigation headphones in first class. They don’t work so well for babies crying,” Malaysia Airlines CEO Tengku Azmil tweeted recently concerning the news.

According to sources familiar with the extent of the ban on babies, Malaysia Airlines will not even have baby bassinets installed in the first class section.

Infants and the very young will be allowed in economy and business class, the Daily Mail reported.

A report in the LA Times was written thusly: “Baby, your first class days are over on Malaysia Airlines. Now that might be something to cry about.”

Malaysia Airlines is apparently drawing the line at 2 years old as true baby material, according to airline and travel industry sources.

Few issues are more contentious in the air than the subject of children on planes.

Easy babies who are well traveled will bare the brunt of this new policy.

Some airline passengers who were interviewed about the policy said that babies were often better behaved than typical first class passengers.

Some passengers with babies went so far as to speculate about a civil rights suit being filed against airlines maintaining such restrictions based on age and identification as a baby.

Banning babies from first class is clearly discriminatory, some believe.

No other airline has so far followed suit with Malaysia Airlines.

Some observers wondered how the airline would react if a CEO, elite frequent flier member or celebrity wanted to pay to bring their baby up front.

Would an exception be made and more importantly, would it be noticed?

Should travelers be able to pay for peace and quiet on long flights?

Last, what will Maylasia Airlines do to adult first class passengers who act like babies?