I’m conflicted on Malaysia Airlines new no-kids zone.
As a parent, I’m offended for a variety of reasons, but mainly because:
- All kids are not disruptive and irritating.
- All parents do not let their kids run wild on planes.
- Sometimes adults can be more annoying than kids. (Case in point: the woman whose voice reverberated during my red-eye to NYC last week. I thought Ali was going to kill her. I believe he wished Delta had a “No-Annoying-People-Who-Talk-At-The-Top-Of-Their-Lungs-On-A-Red-Eye” zone.)
On the other hand, I kind of understand where Malaysia Airlines is coming from. Because as much as I sympathize with parents who have to deal with a screaming infant on a long flight, I really don’t want to have to listen to a screaming infant on a long flight.
After making it through nine long, colic-filled months 6 years ago, I find the sound of crying unbearable. And I can certainly understand why other people do too.
I agree that Malaysia Airlines’ no-kid section sounds….harsh. But I didn’t travel with Maya until she was 3-years-old because I feared passengers glaring at me because she wouldn’t stop screaming bloody murder.
Had airlines offered dedicated kid-zones back then, I think I would have made friends with others in the same boat (or plane), knocked back some Nyquil, and settled in for the ride.
So maybe, as parents, we shouldn’t be viewing Malaysia Airlines’ new endeavor as something negative, but instead as a valuable key to freedom from reproach. And stress.