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Do Kids Belong in Business Class?

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#1 bubskitkat

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:32 PM

Do you think kids of any age should be allowed to be in business or first class on a flight?

#2 foom

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:38 PM

If they have a ticket, yes.

#3 Soontobegran

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:40 PM

Of course they should if they have a ticket.
I’d rather children than obnoxious drunk business men.

#4 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:41 PM

Yes. Why wouldn’t they? It’s not like it’s a strip joint or somewhere else inappropriate for them.

It might disturb the other passengers? Well so do many adults who may fart, sniff, chew with their mouth open, smell, snore, put their seat back immediately, talk too loud, be Alan Jones or Ray Hadley or Andrew bolt or Miranda divine.

#5 José

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:42 PM

i would only take my child business or first if i felt like they wouldnt disrupt the other passengers.
i suppose thats the ideal passenger- one who doesnt disturb others!

#6 Jane Jetson

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:43 PM


The people I'd like to see excluded from business class (or any class really...) are men 20 years older than the woman they've been seated next to, who take one look at her and think, "Hot Diggety! All part of the service" and spend the flight either feeling her up or trying to convince her to go out with him that night.

I love being fortysomething and invisible these days.

Kids? Pfft, kids are fine, even the screamers, that's what earplugs are for.

#7 Coffeegirl

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:43 PM

A bunch of rugby players dropped their pants and got changed into their pyjamas in the aisles of a flight lately.

And people complain about kids in business class...

#8 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:47 PM

Lol reminds me of a friend of DH’s who flew business but made his wife and kids sit in the back because “kids don’t belong in business but I work hard, so I deserved it”.

They’re divorced now.

#9 Apageintime

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:49 PM

Yep. I took my son business a couple of times as a baby!

#10 Jane Jetson

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:51 PM

 28 Barbary Lane, on 17 July 2019 - 06:47 PM, said:

They’re divorced now.


#11 ERipley

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:54 PM

They wouldn’t sell business and first class tickets to children if they weren’t supposed to be there.

#12 rosie28

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:55 PM

As long as they have a ticket sure. We travel business class most of the time and the kids love it. They behave better than a lot of adults on planes.

#13 BadCat

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:55 PM

Of course.  Kids belong with their parents on a plane and if the parents want it, and can afford it, then why wouldn't they fly business or first class where they will all be more comfortable.

#14 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:56 PM

 Jane Jetson, on 17 July 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

Totally. My eyes rolled so far back in my head hearing how busy and important he was I nearly passed out.

#15 dadwasathome

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:59 PM

Why not if you can pay? As long as they’re properly supervised.

DS16 has with me when younger (pre-teen) and was zero trouble.

#16 123tree

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:05 PM

 José, on 17 July 2019 - 06:42 PM, said:

i would only take my child business or first if i felt like they wouldnt disrupt the other passengers.
i suppose thats the ideal passenger- one who doesnt disturb others!

This made me smile. My kids have disrupted economy customers but I wasn’t thinking they deserved it.


#17 purplekitty

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:06 PM

They're entitled to be there but I admit I breathe a sigh of relief when I see none are near me.

Rugby players changing in the aisles worries me not at all.
At least they wouldn't be cluttering up the loos when the inevitable race to put the PJs on happens.

#18 Ellie bean

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:09 PM

Since I fly economy I would like to see ALL children in business class (including my own)

#19 Quick hedgehog

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:18 PM

Surely with business class you are paying for a level of service and comfort that is more than you get in economy.

If someone else pays for their kids and themselves to travel with that same level of comfort and service, that has no effect on anyone else.

Sure, you may notice some disruption from the kids - though as others have pointed out, business class in no way insulates you from unpleasant behaviour of other adult passengers.

I'm pretty sure that when you select business class there is no mention of guaranteed peace and quiet, or whatever it is you are expecting that kids might disrupt.

It is offensive to suggest that it is ok for economy passengers to have to put up with children and not business class passengers.  They might not have paid as much, but they have still paid a decent sum and they are still entitled to travel in peace.

Edited by Quick hedgehog, 17 July 2019 - 07:22 PM.

#20 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:21 PM

Absolutely. It’s only called “business class” by tradition. It’s not only for business people. It’s just a different class of travel and they don’t want to call it first, second and third class.
If you can afford to take your kids business class then go for it. It’s really expensive!

#21 mylittlemen

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:51 PM

I fly business all the time for work. Often overnight flights where I am expected to be working the day i land. Anyone who has a ticket is allowed and welcome in business class!

I am yet to come across a parent who wasn’t all over their children behaving. And yes, babies cry. They are babies. It is what they do.

Seriously, I am going to sound like a snob, but the people who complain are not the regular business fliers...

#22 Caribou

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:54 PM

Sure why not? I took my seven month old and 7 year old on flight. I assure you least 30% of business passengers were kids.

And I totally get why. The business Lounge on flights, the reclinable beds, you get there with rested kids, worth every bloody cent in my book.

Kids are a part of life. Embrace it and you’ll find yourself
Less bitter.

#23 born.a.girl

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:57 PM

Better children than the handful of men in business on my last leg.  Every.single.one of them left urine all over the toilet seat.

Next time I needed to go I shot in after my husband, knowing he wouldn't leave it like that.  Told me he had to do a clean up beforehand.

Thai economy and Etihad economy previous years I've been able to go to the loo in my socks.

#24 lizzzard

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:57 PM

There are definitely people who are opposed to kids in business class (probably not people who frequent a parenting forum so much!)….but what I can't understand is how they even notice kids? You can't hear much above the aircraft noise - and business class provide noise cancelling headphones anyway. The seats are generally individualised and so far apart that its not like Economy where little ones can be kicking the back of your seat.

#25 FloralArrangement

Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:01 PM

My kids are excellent and well behaved travellers. I wish we could afford to book out a business class section as a family.

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