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Children in Business or First

Perth, Australia
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Children in Business or First

Does any airline have rules about having young children in their most expensive seats? I want to travel business, my son just did the Singapore London sector on Qantas in business, and a young child screamed the whole way with the parents unable to calm him. He wrote to Qantas asking for some rules, saying when you pay that much, maybe there should be a rule that children under 5 don't travel in those classes, as it interfered with the whole flight. He told me there were a lot of grumpy passengers in Business on that flight. I know years ago, Qantas charged children the same as adults in first class ... but I don't know if this still happens. If anyone knows of the rules with this, I would like to know, for my next flight. By the way, he is still waiting for his reply.

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Edited: 10:38 am, June 27, 2013
Perth, Australia
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2. Re: Children in Business or First

Yes he paid for his ticket. Yes he farts and snores, but not for that long...!

Sydney, Australia
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There was a little girl (maybe 5 or 6) in First on our flight from Sydney - Abu Dhabi (with Etihad). She was so quiet and well-behaved that I didn't even know she was on board until she walked past my suite, many hours into the flight. That was the only leg I saw a child and as she was there I'm presuming Etihad doesn't have a problem with children but I have no idea of whether there's a cheaper fare for children under a certain age or not.

To be honest though, having paid that much for my ticket, I would not have been happy if there'd been a crying baby in First but they do have excellent noise-cancelling headsets so suppose I wouldn't have heard that much anyway ;-) Fingers crossed I don't have to put that theory to the test on our next trip to the UK :-)

Edited: 4:46 am, May 26, 2013
Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Children in Business or First

The pilots wife and two toddlers travelled in Business on my flight once.

Oridinarily I would cringe and groan in fear of a dreaded dozen hours of agony - but these two were little church mice - played games on ipads the whole way when they were not sleeping. Possibly already well travelled and adaptable.

Liverpool, UK
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As has been said it's public transport and although First/Business is too expensive for most families they are those who can afford it or use FF miles - in any class you come across passengers of all ages you'd prefer to avoid for all sorts of reasons.

I'm sure the parents of the young child were equally disturbed although I understand that one of the Asian carriers was considering child free flights or cabins.

Madrid
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MH ahve a policy of no children in F.

I have always taken my children in F.They are well behaved and quiet.You can recognise tham as the 2 with their laptops out and headphones on behaving appropriately.This applies equally to the lounge.

My son travelled LHR-JFK on Concorde as a 3 month old baby.He slept on a pile of cushions on the armrest between my wife and I.Not a peep whole flight,but as it was only just over 3 hours,it is more reasonable to expect that than a 12 hour flight.

newcastle upon tyne
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I do wonder why airlines don't sit all the parents with babies together, rather than spreading them throughout the entire plane.

Yes a few babies barely cry the entire flight, but I'll always remember my flight in January as the Flying Creche from H*ll. :)

Madrid
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Yes a few babies barely cry the entire flight, but I'll always remember my flight in January as the Flying Creche from H*ll. :)

I suggest you stay away from the school specials that Cathay Pacific run at the start and end of UK school terms.80% children and babies with extra "flying mums" on board.

Rochdale, United...
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children have as much right as anyone else to travel.

or maybe you'd like them put in as hold baggage.

was your son ever small?.

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It's just luck of the draw.

We fly business class wherever possible to diminish the chance of babies or children being near us, but if (luckily, rarely so far) any are then there's not much you can do about it.

And actually I quite like the idea of special units in the hold for them......

Edited: 6:17 am, May 26, 2013