Not just me either. On Virgin flights any person — I use the term with hesitance as I am not sure that men are still considered people — with a wiener in his pants and the legal right to buy booze is presumed to be a pedophile and banned from sitting next to unaccompanied minors.
While it may be true that most pedophiles are men, it is not also true that most men are pedophiles but guilty until proven otherwise is the rule when you are a man. Imagine if an airline decided that all its Muslim passengers should be kept under strict supervision in case one of them is part of the tiny minority of Muslims who like to blow things up. Would such a policy stand even the smallest chance of being suggested, much less implemented?
Not only is the current seating policy offensive in that it is a clear case of gender profiling, it is also offensive in its sheer and utter stupidity. Who the hell is going to molest a kid on board an airplane? Do the idiots at Virgin really believe that pedophiles are going to commit a serious crime while trapped inside a metal tube thousands of feet in the air, and while surrounded by dozens of witnesses who may decide to take the law into their own hands? I suppose some pedophiles might have a parachute in their carry on luggage, but surely this is a rare occurrence!
Still, the news isn’t all bad. After the story broke this morning Virgin was flooded with so many complaints – including one from myself – that it is now “reviewing” its policy. While I hope this means that Virgin will no longer be assuming all men are dirtbags, it may also mean that they are waiting for the outrage to die down so that they can go back to business as usual. It’s a matter of wait and see, meanwhile all we can do is not fly Virgin…