Imagine boarding a 13-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to London. What’s the one thing you’d hope for when you board? Empty seats so you can stretch out? Not getting a funky-smelling passenger sit next to you? Or just not to have screaming kids kicking your seat every 10 minutes?
Well, we reckon there’s not much airlines can do to address the first two scenarios, but what we do know is that our very own Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have become the first airline in the world to have a dedicated Child-Free Zone on the upper deck economy section of the A380.
An advisory issued to travel agents reveals that children under 12 will not be allowed to sit in the upstairs economy section of MAS’ superjumbo, which will make its debut between Kuala Lumpur and London on July 1 with Sydney-KL to follow on September 25. Instead, passengers traveling with children under 12 will be placed at the lower deck.
The move is aimed at ensuring a more restful and enjoyable trip for first class passengers who typically spend more money to have a relaxing flight, instead of being disturbed by crying infants and children.
MAS says the decision “is to showcase the economy class zone in the main deck, enhanced and designated as a family and children friendly inflight zone. From the perspective of customers travelling with their families, the economy class family-friendly convenience would be a warm welcome. The main deck has more facilities such as toilets (8 for economy configuration of 350 seats) and the dual aerobridge airport facility supporting this deck will also mean a speedier/faster embarkation and disembarkation for this group of passengers.”
They go on to add that should there be an overwhelming demand for seats in economy class from families with children and infants, resulting in full load in the main deck, that they would still accommodate such demand in the 70-seat upper deck economy class zone of the A380.
This bold move has attracted both criticism and praise; some parents feel as if they are now being discriminated against and deserve every right to travel in the upper deck should they want to but it seems that a larger portion of the public seems to be applauding this move in favour for a more relaxing flight. What do you think?