Fuck you, Virgin.
I've always been a massive fan of the Virgin group, especially their airlines. I've always chosen Virgin Australia domestically, flown to the US on Virgin International, and loved flying Virgin America (DISCO PLANE). But this article in the SMH really pissed me off. From the article:
Sydney fireman Johnny McGirr, 33, said he was flying home from
Brisbane in April when he took his seat next to two boys he estimated to
be between 8 and 10 years old.
He was assigned the window seat but sat in the aisle seat so the two boys could look out the window.
However, a flight attendant approached him just as passengers were asked to put on their seatbelts, asking him to move.
Mr McGirr said when he asked why, he was told, "Well you can't sit next to two unaccompanied minors."
"She said it was the policy and I said, 'Well, that's pretty sexist and discriminatory. You can't just say because I'm a man I can't sit there,' and she just apologised and said that was the policy.
"By this stage everyone around me had started looking."
Mr McGirr said the attendant then asked a fellow female passenger, "Can you please sit in this seat because he is not allowed to sit next to minors."
"After that I got really embarrassed because she didn't even explain. I just got up and shook my head a little, trying to get some dignity out of the situation," he said.
"And that was it, I pretty much sat through the flight getting angrier."
Mr McGirr pointed out that he works as a fireman in Newtown in Sydney and was trusted in his job to look out for the welfare of children.
That is a massively flawed policy, VIrgin. While living in Beijing, I lived in a large compound that was full of young families, and boatloads of kids, and I also experienced feelings like this from time to time: single male, near children MUST BE A DIDDLER. It is one of the more horrible feelings in the world, and Virgin Australia should be ashamed.