In line with the policy, BA cabin crew patrol the aisles before take-off checking that youngsters travelling on their own or in a different row from their parents are not next to a male stranger.
Remind me not to fly BA.
is your usual M.O. to sit next to children travelling on their own? now you need to find different airlines to use?
That's not fair ehBeth. Being sat next to a kid and having a desire to sit next to a kid for dubious reasons are obviously different.
You don't know who you are sitting next to until you get on the plane usually. I think that if BA wants to make this policy, they need to do it before people get on the plane. If I was sitting in my window seat and then a kid sat next to me, and either I or he/she was moved because of who I am, I would be offended/humiliated/angry too.
I don't object to protecting our children, but I think this is knee jerk and builds a new stigma against men for a threat that I'm not even aware of. Is there any sort of history of child abuse on planes in the first place? If not, this makes even less sense.
What next, separating men and women on the planes? Perhaps we can prevent hate crimes be separating races? I mean, everyone here hates hate crimes right? Yeah, I thought so. Let's separate everyone!