Okay, I’ve never heard of this before: British Airways apparently has a policy banning male passengers from sitting next to children they don’t know — even if the child’s parents are on the same flight.
I have only one very eloquent thing to say: HUH?!
Not surprisingly, there is at least one man who is not pleased with this biased policy; Mirko Fischer has accused the airline of branding all men as potential sex offenders and says innocent travelers are being publicly humiliated. As he was.
The 33-year-old hedge fund manager was traveling with his pregnant wife, who was sitting in the window seat because they thought it would be more spacious for her. (Been there!) Fischer was in the middle seat between her and a 12-year-old boy — and he was asked to change his seat. When he refused, explaining his wife was pregnant, the steward very loudly warned that the aircraft could not take off unless he obeyed.
The guy eventually moved seats, but felt so humiliated that he is taking the airline to court on the grounds of sex discrimination.
Um, ya think? C’mon, British Airways — if all the affairs between teachers and students have taught us anything, it’s that women can be perverts, too.
Although I would like to request a personalized policy: That all airlines ban talkative passengers from sitting next to me. I mean, I can only pretend to listen to my iPod for so long.