Should chil­dren be banned from first class on flights?

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

It’s hard enough be­ing on the plane, no mat­ter what the class. Ev­ery­one knows it—that sound of a child cry­ing as soon as you sit down. I’ve had chil­dren and trav­elled with them so I un­der­stand how dif­fi­cult it is for par­ents. But just as you can opt to stay at a re­sort that caters ex­clu­sively to adults (many of which ex­ist), you should also be able to opt to en­joy good sleep on a plane. If you have paid a sub­stan­tial pre­mium to travel in first class, it’s not too much to ask that your flight be un­en­cum­bered by chil­dren. Of course, some chil­dren are very well be­haved, but sadly no par­ent can pre­dict or con­trol when, and for how long, their in­fant de­cides to squeal. Is it fair to ask chil­dren and their par­ents to travel only in econ­omy class? Per­haps not, but al­low­ing them to dis­turb pas­sen­gers in pre­mium classes isn’t, ei­ther, is it, es­pe­cially when there’s no real ob­vi­ous need for a child to have to travel in first. Olivia Lee-davies, a mother of four, is a con­sul­tant for busi­ness de­vel­op­ment with TVB

When chil­dren hit their teens I think it’s good for them to fly econ­omy to un­der­stand the value of money. But while they’re young, they should be able to travel with their par­ents what­ever the class. If you’re go­ing to dis­crim­i­nate against kids for fear they may dis­turb oth­ers, then the air­line should con­sider peo­ple who snore. I was sub­jected to some­thing like a farm an­i­mal for an en­tire flight to Lon­don; it was so bad I could hear it through my ear plugs. And what of peo­ple who smell? It’s ex­tremely un­pleas­ant to smell some­one’s feet, not to men­tion bad body odour. What about the drunk man be­hind me who loudly kept pes­ter­ing the stew­ardess to join him for a cud­dle and some cham­pagne? That was cringe­wor­thy. So should we re­ally ban kids, peo­ple that smell, snor­ers and drunks from first? Does first class buy you the right not to be ir­ri­tated by fel­low pas­sen­gers? Of course not; it’s a dice roll, like life. If you want a trip free from ir­ri­ta­tion, then get your own pri­vate jet. Annabelle Bond is a record-break­ing moun­taineer, keen phi­lan­thropist and mother


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