Should children be allowed in first or business class on airplanes? Some passengers don’t think so, while others don’t see the problem. Miss Manners herself weighed in on the issue to determine which seating class is the proper one for families traveling with their children on flights.
Recently, a passenger flying business class witnessed an altercation between a parent and another passenger. Apparently the parent paid for her child to have a business class seat as well, and the child was not behaving properly. The childless passenger said something to the parent, who replied with, “I purchased a ticket just like you did. My kid has every right to be here. My kid is a kid and can’t help it.”
The other passenger did not agree, and it turned into an argument the flight attendants had to intervene in. The observing passenger wrote to Miss Manners, asking if it’s alright to have children in business class.
Miss Manners had a very simple response: “Very little is succeeding in not [getting on passengers’ nerves] nowadays. People have gone so far as to bring their emotional support rodents to deal with the stress of it all. Miss Manners cannot help but be amused by the image of irate business class passengers seated next to actual rats, rather than imagined ones. They might start to appreciate human children. It is public transport: There is nothing prohibitive about who sits in which class except for the cost itself. And while it is to be hoped that no diapers will be changed outside of the restrooms, your examples provide evidence that rudeness knows no age limits.”