The back of the plane is a desperate place. Noisy. Stuffy. And full of parents and fractious children who can’t watch another nano-second of Toy Story 1, 2 or 3.
Been there? Banging cups, sucking ice, looking at clouds. And then another parent drags their child up the aisle and it’s time to tag out. Back to your seat. Back to the ‘look’s.
One of those ‘looks’ might come from Fairfax’s Lee Tulloch who says, “I hate myself for this, but whenever I find myself seated in close proximity to an infant on a plane, especially on a long-haul flight, my heart sinks. It’s worse if I’m seated in the business or first-class cabins because I’ve been looking forward to the possibility of a peaceful flight with lots of sleep.”
And with that, she asks, “Should children be banned from business class?”
Tulloch says, “I once flew first class from Sydney to Asia seated across the aisle from a colicky baby who would not settle during the entire flight…. Some people would like to see this mother banned from sitting in the comfortable seats, arguing that noisy babies and children don’t belong where passengers might be doing business or trying to get some rest before an important meeting, or where they have paid a premium for the privilege of not sitting in the scrum that is economy class.”
Oh please. That’s life. Like, real life. Babies have collic. Toddlers throw wobblies. Kids get tired and cranky. Deal with it. If you want to be immune from the WORLD, buy your own jet.
As you may have gathered, I’m not one of those parents who has ‘well-travelled kids’ and if I could afford to put up with my restless children in Business (or even First) Class, I certainly would. Would you like a pith-less orange juice with that screaming child? Yes, please. Or a free pump of the lavender scented hand moisturiser in our bathroom while you change your just-toilet-trained toddlers undies for the fourth time? Why, thank you.