Unaccompanied minor children flying on British Airways cannot sit next to adult men, like Mirko Fischer, because of the risk of these frequent fliers doing disgusting sexual things to kids at 35,000 feet. Not only does the policy sound like it violates the U.K.’s Sex Discrimination Act by applying the seating policy to men but not women, but its origins are suspect.
While “men are responsible for the majority of child sexual abuse cases,” notes Tracy Clark-Flory, “you can’t broadly base public policy on that fact. Not unless you’re comfortable banning men from sitting or standing in close proximity to any unattended child. What’s more, strangers account for a minority of sexual abuse cases. If the airline policy were to accurately rely on sex-abuse stats, they would ban kids from sitting next to their own parents, relatives, family friends and casual acquaintances.”
Maybe we could just ban kids from airplanes all together? They’re always stealing my headphone jack.