Businessman Mirko Fischer is suing the airline over a policy that bans male passengers from sitting next to children they don’t know, even if the child’s parents are on the same flight. Fischer has accused the airline of branding all men as potential sex offenders and says innocent travellers are being publicly humiliated.
Before any take off the cabin crew patrol the plane, making sure everything’s in order, and that includes checking that male strangers who’s sitting next young children and teenagers is to be moved to a nother seat. In this case Fischer where sitting between his pregnant wife and a child and became aware of this policy when the BA steward came and told him to change to another seat.
Fischer obviosly refused when he where told to move as he wanted to sit next to his ( at that the time) six months pregnant wife. That didn’t help and he had to move against his own will to another seat so that the 12 year old kid could sit next to someone else. The situation was so humiliating that Fischer and his wife decided to sue BA on the grounds of sex discrimination.
If he wins at the hearing next month at Slough County Court, BA will have to change its policy.
He has promised to donate any compensation to the NSPCC. Statistically children are far more likely to be abused by a member of their family. Does that mean that BA are going to ban children sitting next to their own parents?’
No comments from BA spokesmen due to that the case is coming up in the court system in a month.