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Men not allowed to sit next to children on BA flights - sensible or crazy? watch

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    Apologies for source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1243625/Businessman-Mirko-Fischer-sues-British-Airwars-treating-men-like-perverts.html

    A guy is suing British Airways because he was humiliated when he was forced to move seats away from his pregnant wife because there was a 12 year old child sitting on the other side of him.

    (He's giving any compensation to the NSPCC by the way)

    What do you think, is it a sensible idea, or completely retarded?

    I vote for the second option - I wasn't aware that child rapes were a particular problem on board aeroplanes.
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    That is ******* ridiculous.
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    I don't believe this story.
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    I hope he wins - the guy who is doing the suing has a good point and BA are pretty bloody ridiculous to have a policy like that. Next time I fly BA I'm going to make a point of sitting next to a male stranger and then I'll kick up a fuss and defend the guy if he's asked to move.
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    If this policy of BA is actually true, then I honestly think it's the most retarded thing I've ever heard
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    I wonder if the old monster Harriet Harman is going to wade in on mens behalf? Or is it as I suspected, she only cares about anyone who isn't white, straight and male.
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    He does look a bit shifty in that picture though :ninja:

    But seriously that is simply the stupidest policy i have ever heard
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    I've heard of this policy before... it certainly exists although I dont know if its actually enforced a good deal.
    But yeah, its crazy. I do feel sorry for blokes sometimes.
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    That is such a stupid policy! Since when do men abuse random children on aeroplanes?!

    (Original post by sadie-kiki)
    I hope he wins - the guy who is doing the suing has a good point and BA are pretty bloody ridiculous to have a policy like that. Next time I fly BA I'm going to make a point of sitting next to a male stranger and then I'll kick up a fuss and defend the guy if he's asked to move.
    I don't think 19 year olds class as children...
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    did they just forget about myra hindley or something?
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    Thats going toooooo faaarrr
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    :facepalm: What next, men aren't allowed to sit next to women? :giggle:
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    It's not just BA policy, many european and US airlines have similar.

    Remember that it's also for the protection of the adult.
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    If it's statistically more likely that more abusers are people that the child knows, surely it follows, a priori that no child should be allowed to sit next to a person that they know, on the basis that they are more likley to be abused? (A reductio ad absurdum argument, I know, but...)
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    Couldn't he have just switched seats with his wife?

    Edit: Which I know isn't the point - he shouldn't have had to move seats in the first place.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    It's not just BA policy, many european and US airlines have similar.

    Remember that it's also for the protection of the adult.
    How is it for the protection of an adult?
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    I think children should sit with their families to be honest, but this rule is silly.

    That said, I usually want to take a nap on a flight and I don't want some annoying child next to me, doing annoying things like kicking seats or being sick over me.
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    stupidest thing I have ever heard
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    When I was 12 I would have been terrified if I had two beer drinking men sitting either side of me. If it was a man with his family, there wouldn't be a problem.
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    (Original post by lm_wfc)
    How is it for the protection of an adult?
    I imagine he was referring to the potential for false accusations.
 
 
 
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