The airlines have come under fire for the policy that critics say is political correctness gone mad after a man revealed he was ordered to change seats during a Qantas flight because he was sitting next to a young boy travelling alone.
Auckland man Mark Worsley says an air steward approached him after take-off on the Christchurch to Auckland flight and told him to change seats with a women sitting two rows in front. The steward said it was the airline's policy that only women were allowed to sit next to unaccompanied children
1. It assumes that no male pesron can be trusted around children.
2. It assumes that every woman can be trusted around children.
It is incredibly sexist in my book to decide that a man can't sit next to an unaccompanied child, but that a woman can. It is a priori accusation of wrongdoing against every male that flies the airline.
Guess Qantas won't be getting any of my money ever.
When the Herald asked her if the airline considered male passengers to be dangerous to children, Ms Paul replied: "That's not what I said."
When it was put to her that that was the implication of the policy, she repeated: "No, that's not what I said."
Edited by Godeskian, 30 November 2005 - 06:01 AM.