First Class Babies: Which Side of the Aisle Are You On?

Before booking a first-class ticket, parents should make an informed decision about whether they think their child will be disruptive, said Elaine Swann, the founder of the Swann School of Protocol, an etiquette school in Carlsbad. California This means being aware of the length of the flight, the time of day they are flying and the age of the child. If it appears that the child will be a disruption to others, parents should select another section of the plane, Ms. Swann suggested.

“This is where we have to think about how our choices and our behavior can affect the well-being of others,” said Ms. Swann said.

Parents of babies should also be prepared to soothe their children with food, drinks, toys and entertainment, said Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert and former Northwest Airlines flight attendant who is now director of the School of Protocol of Palm Beach, an etiquette consultancy. and training company. Because there’s no policy banning children and babies from flying first class, as long as they’re respectful and well-behaved, they belong, he said. In addition, Ms. Whitmore said many of them are better behaved than some adults.

Collette Stohler, travel journalist and co-creator of Roamaroo, a travel blog, has flown her baby to six countries and seven states in first class over the course of his 8 months of life, and said he’s gotten lots of compliments on his good behavior the child has been on these flights. That’s more than you can say about the adults around your child.

“We have encountered many rude, loud, drunk and entitled adults who disturb the peace in first class cabins on many flights,” said Ms. Stohler said.

When Dr. Amy Guralnick, a pulmonologist, flew her 3-year-old son to Israel from Chicago in business-class seats, the woman next to him immediately switched seats to train to avoid being around the baby. Dr. Guralnick said.

“Upon disembarking, the original woman saw us and said she kept checking on us during the flight, and she saw that Sasha was sleeping the whole time and she regretted that she hadn’t kept her original seat,” said Dr. Guralnick said.

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