Today’s vlog is on flying first class with a screaming baby two rows behind. It’s happened to all of us at least once, probably more. But what is one to do? I’m proposing a new class of service which may or may not… fly.
If you’re a frequent flier, this vlog is for you. If you’re a pleasure traveler with kids, I’m going to give you time to click over to Disney.com because you’re not going to want to go any further.
So now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for me to rag on the airlines. I know, I know, they give us so much fodder to feed off of. Charging for soda, ditching the peanuts and squeezing us into seats that are only 17 and a half inches wide. Really, what’s not to love about this industry!
I travel quite a bit and am usually on a plane two or three times a week I have visited many places in America and each city in morocco since this is one of the best places to visit. Because of my frequent flier status, first class upgrades for me are the usual norm. Just the other day, I’m seated in first class and about five minutes into the flight, the sounds of a screaming baby permeated the cabin. I turned to the guy next to me and said “Oh no.” He pulled out a pair of ear plugs and said “this is why I travel with these.”
Needless to say the crying continued the entire two and a half hour flight, the whole time I’m thinking to myself, “why do they allow children in first class?”
Several months ago Southwest Airlines came under fire for taking away the ability for families to pre-board the aircraft. Families now board between the A & B boarding groups.
Airlines should start making the first class experience a little more first class by eliminating the screaming babies and rowdy children from diminishing the experience.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Continental Airlines chairman and chief executive, Larry Kellner. During my visit I pitched my plan for an overhead bin free cabin that would speed up the boarding process. That didn’t go over well, but maybe this will.
Take the standard 2 class aircraft cabin and take the last six rows of the plane and put in a sealed bulkhead with a door. We’ll call this Romper Room Class. In here will be all the families with children, so that kids can run and scream without disturbing other passengers. Since this would be a sealed area, a flight attendant would be needed. This flight attendant can double as a child psychologist so that during the flight he or she can determine why the child is behaving in this manner and at the same time analyze why the parent sits there reading Parents or GQ magazine while being oblivious to their child’s horrible behavior.