Malaysia Airlines Ban Children in upper Deck economy on A380

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Do you think children should be banned from parts of the aircraft?

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  1. Whendoublewidesfly

    Whendoublewidesfly Silver Member

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    (copied from here)
    Malaysia Airlines announced that the New A380 will have a Child-Free Zone! Finally an airplane that will almost be 100% free of crying babies! The super double-decker aircraft will consist of a total of 494 seats in three classes; eight first class and 350 economy class seats will occupy the lower deck, while the upper deck will feature 66 business class seats and an additional 70 economy class seats. The entire upper deck economy zone will be children free and those passengers traveling with children under 12 will have to sit on the lower deck. However, at this point there has been no confirmation to if business class will also band children keeping the entire upper-deck child-free

    Malaysia Airlines said the idea is to make for a quieter, restful and more comfortable cabin for those business travelers who are traveling in economy verse business class. Furthermore at this time there have been no announcements on rather there will be a surcharge for the economy seats on the upper deck.

    This announcement follows the "baby ban" Malaysia Airline currently has on infants traveling in the first class cabin, which is currently only offered on the B747. The baby ban has been in effect since June, 2011 when MH banned babies in the first class cabin after a numerous complaints about crying infants. Infants at this time are not banned from Business class, but only first class on the airlines very few jumbo jets that fly long haul flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, London, and Amsterdam.

    I am 100% ecstatic to hear about the baby ban and child ban and I'm looking forward to a quieter flight on MH no matter where I sit! I don't know if any of you have ever suffered the high pitch screams of an infant, or witness a child running up and down the aisles on a long-haul flight, but those of you with or without kids will appreciate the child-free zone of the A380! After a long-haul flight many years ago from Seoul to Seattle next to an Indian family with 2 screaming infants who cried consistently for 9+ hours, I vowed I'd never fly again! Clearly that did not happen, so with that I know I'll be booking my next trip on the child-free upper deck on the A380. I applaud you and thank you Malaysia airlines!
     
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  2. NYBanker
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    I don't disagree with their right to make such a decision and suspect it will garner the airline a few incremental pax. It will also cost them other pax.

    Ive lost count of the number of paid flights in premium cabins (in their own seat) my kids have flown. It wont be on MH I guess!
     
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    now if only there wa a zone free of loud, obnixous, drunk adults:)
     
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  4. Whendoublewidesfly

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    At this point MH has not banned children from the Business class cabin. Just the first class cabin and this single section of economy. Sure some children are well behaved, but it only takes one person to ruin it for all of us. Look at some of the laws inactivated around the world, all due to one person or a group of person acting foolishly (Caffeinated alcoholic Beverages--fourloco--was banned by the FDA due to 3 teenagers drinking themselves to death). Although MH might loose some business due to the ban on first class, I think more people who want to enjoy first class and are not traveling with kids may choose MH over other airlines. Furthermore, I t think more people will want to sit in the 70 seats of economy upstairs away from children and those traveling with children have 350 seats downstairs to chose from.
     
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  5. NYBanker
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    They may gain a few customers, for sure they'll lose some. Just like an extra inch of legroom in economy, nearly all pax pick their carrier based on fare, not based on a no children rule (except those barred by the no children rule).

    Entirely their call. It is an interesting differentiation. I can't imagine too many people would pay extra for it, however....but perhaps I'm not well versed in the psyche of the average Malaysian pax. ;)
     

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