• Malaysia Airlines Launches Child-Free Zone in Business Section

    Learn more about Malaysia Airlines’s new child-free zone and why some consider it discriminatory for families.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • boy in airplaneFor parents who love traveling, the responsibility of looking after the children can be quite a taxing experience. Depending on the child’s age and needs, parents must ensure that their kids are comfortable, safe and having fun.

    Traveling by air, for instance, can be a rather tricky thing to manage. Non-parents, especially those on business trips, may not be used to the energy and activities of young children aboard the plane.

    This was exactly the sentiment of business travelers flying in the economy section of Malaysia Airlines. As a response to complaints of having difficulty sleeping because of children crying, Malaysia Airlines recently confirmed that for their A380 planes, they will be creating a child-free section.

    The A380, a double decker aircraft, features around 70 economy class and 66 business class seats on the upper deck, with the economy section located on the lower deck. With the new rule being implemented, families with kids 12 years old and below will not be allowed on the upper floor.

    According to the airline, the lower deck, “child-friendly” zone will have extra child-friendly and family-friendly facilities, such as eight toilets and a dual aerobridge for “speedier/faster embarkation and disembarkation for this group of passengers.”

    The news has garnered negative reactions from those who feel that such a move is discriminatory for adults with kids, but there are still those who claim that it’s no different from providing adults with quiet carriages on trains.

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