At least in Australia, Virgin Airlines has a policy of not allowing a man to be seated next to unaccompanied children – but women are allowed to be.
An Australian blogger named Johnny McGirr details his experience at a blog post, here.
The fasten seat belt sign was illuminated and we were clear for takeoff. Then the stewardess approached me again.
‘Sir we are going have to ask you to move’
‘Why’, I said.
‘Well, because you are male, you can’t be seated next to two unaccompanied minors’.
Shocked, I replied, ‘ Isn’t this sexist and discriminatory?’
She replied, ‘I am sorry, but that is our policy’.
As I sat in my seat for the 1 hour flight I started to get quite angry at the treatment I had suffered and couldn’t help but feel like I was being held accountable for all the paedophilic scum bags on the planet.
The irony of the situation is that I am a emergency service worker and if the children were in trouble I would be given the responsibility of protecting them. Men are policemen, doctors, social workers, teachers… people who are entrusted to the care of children but according to Virgin once you step on one of their planes you are a pedophile or a potential pedophile.
So being the narc I am I wrote to Virgin complaining of the treatment that I had been subjected to. I had stated in my email that women can also be predators . In response I was quoted their policy.
“Unaccompanied children will have spare seats allocated next to them when they are flying. In the case of a full plane then a female will be sat next to the children”.
Further to this I was told that they had incidents of children being interfered with before and they were all men.
So my suspicions were confirmed. Because I am a man I am presumed to be a predator and because Virgin were chasing the almighty dollar they overbooked their plane and allocated the spare seat next to children. It seems Virgin has the children’s best interests at heart until money is involved.
So, Virgin Airlines considers all men potential pedophiles…
Something to consider, then, perhaps, when deciding which airline to fly with on one’s next trip…