(CNSNews.com) - Two airlines "down under" are under fire after acknowledging their policy of not allowing an unaccompanied child passenger to sit next to a man. ...This is a weird anti-man policy. I've never even heard of a man somehow harming a child on an airline.
"Most males in the world, I'm sure, are perfectly law-abiding, good parents, good fathers, brothers, whatever," he said. "They're basically accusing half the population of the world of being a potential pedophile." ... Both Qantas and Air New Zealand [airlines] have now confirmed that they would not seat a child traveling alone next to an adult male passenger. ...
The airlines did win support from one quarter. Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro, a government appointee, commended Qantas and Air New Zealand for their efforts to keep child passengers safe.
Kiro said she doubted the policy was meant as a slur against men.
But her intervention drew a strong response from the Men's Coalition, whose spokesman Kerry Bevin said Tuesday the commissioner was not fit for her post and should resign.
"Kiro is telling our children that men are dangerous to children," Bevin charged. He also called for the airlines to make a public apology.
For Worsley, the incident was part of a far broader problem, which seemed to affect Western countries in general, he said.
"Men are being demonized in the media for a long time now. I think probably this is just society's reaction -- they think, 'We'd better start tightening up on everything.' It's getting to the stage when all men are viewed with distrust," he said.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Airline Seating Policy Demonizes Men
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