Back in August you may have noticed a huge amount of international coverage and outrage of Virgin Australia's "all men are paedophiles" seating policy. The airline forced a firefigher of all people from his seat simply due to the fact he was guilty of the horrific crime of being male in the vicinity of a child he wasn't related to!
Thanks to Mr Muir sharing his experience and some excellent journalism from the likes of Bridie Jabour, Virgin Australia began a "review". I'm all for carrying out thorough assesments of any possible change in policy, but there's also such things as common sense, basic decency and gender equality, and one would have thought this would have to be the shortest and easiest review any company has ever had to undertake.
Alas this is not the case, and the "all men are paedophiles" policy remains in place whilst Richard Branston and his collegaues assess whether or not you, I and every single man out there present a serious risk to children every time we take a flight. Given the preference for seating chidlren with females, they will also be considering whether all the countless female child absues out there who murder, molest, rape and kidnap chidlren actually exist or not. Alternativley, perhpas Virgin Australia have discovered new evidence that all the Rose Wests, Myra Hindleys and Vanessa Georges of this world all suffer from chronic aerophobia and thus will never set foot on a plane?
I wish Virgin Australia the best of luck with these tricky question which has now taken them almost a quarter of a year. Given the fact that they're clearly struggling with this issue I do have my concerns about their ability to carry out other tasks. If they can't get this call right then I'm doubt they'd be capable of crossing the road, nevermind flying huge metal machines though the sky at hundreds of miles an hour.
Please share your thoughts with Virgin Australia on their blog and whilst they deal with this conundrum I'd advise you to chose an airline that knows their left from right, and right from wrong.
by John Kimble