Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Businessman sues British Airways 'for treating men like perverts'

Long thread on airliners.net about this.
A businessman is suing British Airways over a policy that bans male passengers from sitting next to children they don't know - even if the child's parents are on the same flight.

Mirko Fischer has accused the airline of branding all men as potential sex offenders and says innocent travellers are being publicly humiliated.

In line with the policy, BA cabin crew patrol the aisles before take-off checking that youngsters travelling on their own or in a different row from their parents are not next to a male stranger. If they find a man next to a child or teenager they will ask him to move to a different seat. The aircraft will not take off unless the passenger obeys.
I never heard of this policy, but it is a common industry practice. My take? Make the kid move. Or do what Air France does by having a separate section for unaccompanied minors.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't understand why the parents were not moved or not allowed to book the flight to start with, but once a plane is boarded and everyone one is seated ain't the time to start doing musical chairs...hey some seats are better than others, your carry-on is stuffed into the overhead if you are lucky, etc...now if they had offered a first class upgrade this would not be news.

Anonymous said...

"Rapes on a Plane", coming to a theater near you!

Ed T. said...

And yet, when our son was but a young skull full of mush, it was like pulling teeth to get all three of us (myself, wife, and kid) seated together. Invariably, we would get split up, and seated in three different sections of the dang airplane!

~EdT.