Child-free zones

Jul 14, 2011

Malaysia Airlines plans to ban babies from traveling first class on its Airbus A380 super jumbo jet and children under 6 are being banned from a restaurant in Pennsylvania. What gives? In the case of the airlines, its CEO Tengku Azmil said that passengers who spend a lot of money for first-class seats are often unable to sleep because of crying babies and he even tweeted that "We already hand out noise “canx” headphones in 1st class. They don't work so well for babies crying." In Monroeville, PA., McDain's restaurant owner Mike Vuick sent an email to customers, informing them that as of July 16 his restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age. “McDain's is not a place for young children. Their volume can't be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers," he wrote. You can’t ban seniors from restaurants because they are a protected class but there are no laws preventing restaurants from banning children. Should children be protected from such exclusionary bans and if you have kids how do you feel about these rules? Or are you happy that screaming kids are being kept out of airplanes and restaurants and hope for more child-free zones in the future?

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