A young toddler in Singapore is making headlines for exclusively flying in the comfort of first class. His parents defend their travel decision on the grounds of comfort, service, and health. What does this viral story, if anything, teach us about travel?
Toddler Only Flies In First Class…
A family has made waves in Singapore for a series of TikTok videos showcasing how their son only flies in first class. Take a look:
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Why first class? Firstly, because of the “extra space, comfort and exclusive attention.” As his mother explained to The New Paper (a Singaporean tabloid like the UK Daily Mail), the flight attendants in first class bend over backwards to help:
“Many of them will ask if we need help washing the milk bottles or cutting his food into bite-sized portions.”
“As there are fewer people travelling in business or first class, there’s less of a chance that our baby will fall ill.”
What about his behavior? Apparently, he’s perfect in that regard as well:
“Those who have witnessed him on the flights know that he is extremely well-behaved.”
May I suggest it might also be that infants (those under two years old) pay only 10% of the full-fare to be a lap child in first class? Two tickets are a lot easier to swing, whether with points or dollars, than three…
And don’t worry, the child is not being spoiled. As the mother explained, the toddler is not being spoiled becuase he does not understand the difference between first class and economy class:
“We don’t believe we are spoiling him as he is actually too young to understand the difference between the various cabins. To him, it is just another mode of transport.”
This toddler is hardly unique, but the power of well-edited video on Tik-Tok is again put on display.
Personally, I do not fault the family at all for taking their child into first class, especially if he is well-behaved. In fact, I applaud it. And despite the cliche quality of their Tik-Tok videos, the takeaway is that flying in a premium cabin can be much easier for a family…it was what drove me to insist on first class on SWISS, not business, when my son was that same age.
There’s nothing special about a toddler flying in first class, yet somehow a toddler flying in first class has sparked a national debate in Singapore. I’m firmly in the family’s camp on this particular matter, though I understand the concern of netizens that a crying baby can ruin the flight experience for others (and of course, this is true in all cabins).