Airlines Kid-free Zone

April 13, 2012 by staff 

Airlines Kid-free Zone, If you want to stir up a fiery debate — or maybe even a fist fight — start talking about air travel and children. Inevitably, someone will declare that airlines should offer “kid-free flights.”

While that has yet to happen, Malaysia Airlines might have come up with the next best thing. A kid-free economy upper deck aboard its first A380 service, nonstop between Kuala Lumpur and London, which takes off July 1.

Families traveling with under-12s — including babes-in-arms — will be automatically allocated seats in the main all-economy lower deck, says a Malaysia Airlines spokesperson.

But before we all jump to brand the decision makers at the flag carrier as a bunch of child-hating monsters, the airline is quick to point out that the 350 economy seats on the main deck of its new A380s will be enhanced and designated as a family and child-friendly inflight zone.

And if there’s overwhelming demand for seats in economy class from families with children and infants, resulting in full load in the main deck, “we will still accommodate such demand in the 70-seat upper deck economy class zone of our A380.”

This isn’t the first time Malaysia Airlines has instituted a controversial policy relating to kids in the sky. Last year, the airline decided to ban infants from first class on its 747-400 routes. The decision won cheers from some — and words you’d never say in front of your kids from others.

Given their penchant for boldly going where no airline has dared before, here’s hoping Malaysia Airlines’ next move will be to designate a special zone for drunks and passengers who forgot to take a shower before their flight.

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