- Mar 22, 2005
A story from the Daily Telegraph on Friday 15/9/2006. Could not find online link so I have posted the story here.
Daily Telegraph said:Should Virgin Blue be allowed to continue segregating parents with kids from other passengers?
Anita Quigley said:Contain the pain
We've all had to endure the flight from hell. And I'm not referring to turbulence, the bad food or surly crew. No, it's the screaming four-year-old brat kicking the back of your seat from Melbourne to Cairns.
Virgin Blue should be commended for its progressive policy in which unaccompanied minors and parents with young children are seated together at the rear of the plane.
Just like teams on end-of-season footy trips should be seated away from the rest of us - preferably behind a lead, soundproof curtain that can be drawn on take-off to block the little critters (and drunks) from sight and sound.
Don't think of it as apartheid. Think of it as you local creche in the sky.
The benefits are endless. The children get to make new friends while mums and dads can exchange handy tips on breastfeeding and nappy rash.
Not every parent is a good parent just like not evey child is a good traveller. Indeed, dimwit parents (you know the ones, they're on Supernanny) should be grateful their tiny terrors aren't shoved in the luggage hold.
Why should those of us who pay expensive airfares have to endure the crying, fighting and smelly nappies of a stranger's child?
Children on planes fall into the same category as jet skis - legal to own but selfish to inflict on the quiet enjoyment of others. The State Government banned jet skis from Sydney Harbour.
Here's one more policy all airlines should consider. Slim people should be allowed more luggage than their chubbier fellow passengers.
Tony Thomas said:Spread the pain
Surely they can't be serious. Not in the 21st century when we have come so far in so many ways.
But when it comes to domestic air travel and, in particular, Virgin Blue, we're still in the dark ages.
Virgin Blue says it is company policy to have unaccompanied minors and infants with parents contained to the back rows of the plane.
They say it is because they have two flight attendants assigned to the back and we're closer to the toilets. Plus the kids can play together.
All good in theory, but here's the kicker. One kid starts screaming, followed by another by another and another. Soon the dozen or so kids in the final four rows are all in a foul mood.
We try to placate our daughter but our task has increased tenfold because of all the activity around her.
I feel discriminated against. Just because I have a child, I'm shunted to the "poo pit" at the back, without being asked if I want to sit there.
And I am paying the same as everyone else.
Surely that means I should have the same courtesies afforded to me as those given to passengers without kids. Not all kids scream the whole way and not all kids kick the seat in front of them.
And not all parents relish the idea of sitting for three hours on a plane with someone else's ill-behaved child.
Who made Virgin Blue judge and jury as to where is the best place for my family to sit?
If you're going to persist with this policy, hand out a free Wiggles DVD and a Hi-5 colouring book.
And champagne for me.