If you pay to fly first class and your baby cries – should you get booted out?

That's exactly what happened to these parents. Is it fair enough or totally out of order?


First class travel is something most of us dream about but rarely (if ever) do: unless we’re prepared to remortgage we pretty much resign ourselves to the fact we’ll be going budget, right?


At least this story from fashion blogger Arielle Noa Charnas might make you realise that even the curtained quarters of first class won’t necessarily make a journey plain sailing.

And it certainly isn’t guaranteed to stop your little one from screaming their head off when you’re 30,000 feet up in the air.

Arielle took to Instagram to share her travel woes – here’s what she said:

“On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn’t fall asleep.

“My husband and I paid for first class so that we’d have the extra space and could lay down with her – once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it’s time to stop ?).

“I tried to ignore the people until 10 minutes passed and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane (as if the people in the back didn’t matter). Give up our seats that we paid for and move.

“Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers. I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse.

“I don’t know what’s right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock. Thoughts? We’re headed back to NYC today and we’re hoping for a much better experience. ✈️ “



The post got more than 2,000 comments – and they were a mixed bag as you can imagine.

One fan wrote: “I personally flew first class with a toddler I saw some of the eyes going around when she was fussy for like 20 minutes but I paid for my seat just like everyone else.

“The ticket is opened for anyone to buy. The airline should draw up a no children policy then if it’s unconvincing so many people. That’s the right thing to do.

“Not move her to the back of the plane like she said as if those people did not matter. That’s where the airline was wrong.”

Though others had a different view: “It is a not nice situation, but I think it’s fair you were asked to move.

“The other first class passengers paid more for their seat, and didn’t expect to have a screaming crying toddler during their first class experience.”

We can totally see both sides to this – though, overall, we have to say that we agree it’s probably up to the airlines to say ‘no babies’ on first class if they’re worried about other passengers.

After all, if they allow babies to fly first class, they need to accept that they just might cry – and should have a better way of dealing with it than asking the family to move.

Luckily here at MFM we don’t have that particular dilemma – we’re budget all the way ?

What do you think?

Was the airline right to ask the family to move in this case? Tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook

Images: Arielle Noa Charnos on Instagram

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