First Class Baby
On my recent flight to the West Coast, we had a couple and infant daughter sitting in first class. Unfortunately, the baby started to cry as soon as they got on board. As first, the passengers around them gave them sympathetic smiles. However, those friendly smiles turned to disapproving stares when the baby would not stop crying. She cried during taxi, she cried during take-off, she pretty much cried off and on for the next hour.
The man sitting across the aisle from them started to get upset. “They shouldn’t allow babies in first class.”, he muttered under his breath. I felt so sorry for the Mom who was desperately trying to console her child. However, all parents know that sometimes when your baby is crying, there is only so much you can do. All the comforting, feeding, and distractions just doesn’t work.
This sparked a debate amongst my co-workers – Should babies be allowed in first class? If not, at what age would it be acceptable? And remember, we’re just talking about first class, not the entire plane.
On one hand, if the parents are willing to pay for a first class ticket for their child, then don’t they have the right to sit there? However, what about the other passengers who also paid a lot of money to enjoy the comforts of first class? Don’t they have the right to some peace and quiet?
So I’m throwing this out to you. What’s your opinion? Just please don’t flame someone else’s opposing view point.
Comment Spotlight by Arizona of The Crazy People Next Door:
I had to laugh at what sweetpeas said about someone smelling like garlic. I was on a plane near someone who kept farting throughout the trip and it was so disgusting. I would have rather had 5 babies screaming their heads off than that one person with gas. You can hand out headphones if a baby cries, but how do you block out a nasty smell? I say let babies on board and kick off the farters.
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Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.