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On These Asian Airlines, Paying Extra Means No Kids Allowed

Some carriers let passengers reserve seats in adults-only areas
On These Asian Airlines, Paying Extra Means No Kids Allowed
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CNN anchor Richard Quest caused a stir last year when he advocated in Britain’s Independent newspaper that infants be banned from business class on airplanes. “A baby in business class is invariably going to wail at some point,” wrote the cheeky Brit, who took his ban-the-babies campaign to Twitter in August.

Several Asian carriers have heard his cry. AirAsia X, an affiliate of that continent’s largest discount carrier, and Malaysian Airline System already segregate passengers traveling with kids. Singapore Airlines’ budget carrier, Scoot, in late August went a step further: It unveiled a child-free zone for coach passengers prepared to pay extra. Both Scoot and AirAsia X have a no-kids policy in business class.