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Enjoy Your Flight

I previously posted an entry reporting on HolidayExtras.com’s poll of 5,000 of its customers that resulted in a large portion of responding air passengers saying that more than anything else they’d like airlines to ban kiddies from flights. The majority of those polled just wanted a ‘kid-free’ zone on airplanes, while a third of responders went as far as saying they’d approve of flights that ban children completely. Evidently, at least one airline was listening.

Malaysia Airlines has introduced a baby ban after receiving a number of complaints about crying infants from first class passengers. Malaysia Airlines CEO Tengku Azmil says that in response to first-class passengers complaining about spending a lot of money and not being able to sleep due to crying infants, the airline has decided not to install bassinets in the first class cabin of its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-400 fleet. Passengers wishing to travel with babies will have to book bassinets in business or economy sections instead.

The airline’s baby ban will only cover their long haul flights. Malaysia Airlines’s 747-400s fly between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, as well as on their KL-London and KL-Amsterdam routes, with the Airbus A380s due to take over those routes next year.

Of course crybabies around the world are complaining about the airline’s decision. The rest of us know that nothing dooms a trip quicker than spotting a pint-sized fellow passenger within a few rows of yours when you get onto the plane. You know the next fifteen hours will be a hellish nightmare of screaming, crying, and the waft of baby poop floating through the cabin. So far the airline seem to be sticking to its guns. If their attempt to provide a more enjoyable flight for the majority of their passengers is a success, more airlines might follow suit in the future.