CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin caused a stir on social media when he called for children to be banned from the first-class section of planes.
“I will be ridiculed for this post,” Sorkin tweeted Wednesday, anticipating the backlash.
“Until airlines start advertising crying babies in first/business class next to someone trying to work or sleep rather than the ads we see about serenity, I can’t support the kids there,” the host of CNBC’s morning show “Squawk Talk” shouted.
“I say this as a parent of three children! »
Sorkin, a popular New York Times columnist and author of the DealBook newsletter, then invited his 929,000 Twitter followers to offer suggestions for “the right age limit.”
Sorkin’s tweet was attached to a link to a Times article that quoted several first-class passengers unhappy to have their flight experience disrupted by the sound of screaming babies.
The response to Sorkin’s tweet was mixed, with some accusing him of elitism.
“Buy some headphones, sheesh. Looks like you are the real baby,” one opponent tweeted.
Another review of Sorkin intervened“We should never do anything to inconvenience the rich.”
another salty A Twitter user replied“These boring little people. And you pay top dollar.
A parent did not like the idea of his children being banned from public spaces.
“They don’t advertise crying babies under any circumstances, maybe they don’t expect to sell you a baby product, so maybe babies shouldn’t be welcome anywhere?” wrote one Twitter user.
“As a parent, I’m tired of all the stress that weighs on us about our crying babies. For the rest of you, it’s a few hours. Not for me!”
In 2011, Malaysia Airlines announced that it was banning children under 12 from the first class section of its Boeing 747-700 and Airbus A380 flights due to complaints from ticket holders that they could not sleep due to babies crying.
The airline’s “baby ban” sparked a backlash, but the company defended the decision and kept the policy in place.
IndiGo, a low-cost airline based in India, has introduced “child-free” zones on its flights, as has AirAsia X, the long-haul carrier based in Malaysia.
Last month, a video went viral on social media showing a toddler terrorizing a passenger packed with planes.
In October, a TikTok user posted a video recounting how a 29-hour flight from New Zealand to Germany was marred by a screaming child who screamed the entire trip.