Announcing a child-free zone on an airplane at the beginning of April is generally not a great idea if you want to be taken seriously. Canadian carrier WestJet had some fun with that this week and many folks enjoyed the laugh. For Malaysian Airlines, however, this is no laughing matter – they’re setting up a kid-free zone on some aircraft and they’re quite serious about it.
Two different Asian travel agencies (see here and here for reasonably coherent translations) are now publishing an alert from the carrier indicating that the upper deck on their A380 aircraft will exclude children under 12. This will apply to both the business and economy class seats on that deck. There is also a rather large economy class cabin on the main deck so accommodating those passengers shouldn’t be too difficult. The only business class seats, however, are upstairs so this may pose an issue for some passengers in that cabin, though others may see it as quite a benefit.