It's an interesting offer for long haul flights. As much as I always feel bad for parents who have to try to ease the misery of long flights for their young ones, I also want to try to rest myself. It's not the worst thing in the world and usually any crying (or screaming, from the pressure change) usually only lasts for a few minutes so it's not such a big deal. Beyond the screaming during takeoff, it's never been an issue that I can remember over 20 years of long haul flying.
The new A380 is big enough to offer something like this since the upstairs is mostly business and premium economy, with just a handful of rows for cattle cart. (I just flew back to France and sat upstairs on an Air France A380 in cattle cart, which was certainly less than 20 rows, maybe less.)
If this service is popular, it's probably only a matter of time until it's yet another premium offer with a fee. Is an offer like this fair?
Malaysia Airlines is declaring a kid-free zone on the upper deck of its Airbus A380 – and it's not in business class, but in the economy cabin.
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.
The move is aimed at ensuring a more restful and enjoyable trip for business travellers who have to fly in economy.