28 Apr 2014

I don't want my kids sitting next to any man on a plane


I don't want my kids sitting next to any man on a plane. This is now a common request by mothers who have children flying alone.

Have we gone overboard with the fear of molestation, is the commission into child abuse causing us to become paranoid.
Our attitude is forcing airlines to take these feeling into account.

A spokeswoman for Qantas says the airline is seeing more and more unaccompanied minors travelling, especially during school holidays.

In 2012, flight crew forced a male nurse to swap seats with a female passenger, because he was sitting next to an unrelated girl travelling on her own.

"It seemed I had this sign I couldn't see above my head that said 'child molester'," he said later.

The airline defends its policy, which still states: "Unaccompanied minors are allocated seats next to adult female customers. Where possible, Qantas aims to seat children near crew areas or next to an empty seat.

This policy reflects parents' concerns and the need to maximise the child's safety and well-being."says Quantas.

The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People Gillian Calvert says: "In the absence of any other test, it's one way in which the airline can reduce the risk of children travelling alone."

I'm sorry ladies but I think this is over the top, does this mean that a man travelling with his son is suspect and will be moved.Fact:--More child molestation occurs by relatives.

How many children have been molested on flights in Australia? Do we know, are there statistics, no I didn't think so.

Are we all going nuts on this issue altogether?

Sorry son we can't fly together

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