I’m going to be honest: whenever I am faced with the unlucky scenario of having to board an airplane with my two young kids, I secretly wish I had infinite wealth such that I could fly to whatever destination we’re headed solo and pay someone to cart my kids there separately. There’s no greater form of parenting torture, in my humble opinion, than spending several hours cramped inside a flying tin can with tiny humans who have the attention span of a gnat.
So when I read an article that British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp “flies business class while her two children, ages 10 and 12, fly economy,” my first thought was to seethe with jealousy.
In the article, she admitted that “when we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from [partner] Ben and me if we’re not in economy together.” She reasoned that first-class accommodations “should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for” and that “it seems like an absurd waste of money.” In fact, the money she saves by not having her kids in upgraded seats goes toward making their vacation that much better.
While I was busy calculating how many airline frequent-flyer points it’d take for me to even daydream about such an option, the backlash came quickly, with most people taking to Twitter to condemn the working mom’s “selfish” choice.
I think it’s totally irresponsible to seat your children at that age away from you. It might not be safe or they might be annoying others but as long as you’re getting your champagne etc.
— Lorraine Scott (@ladynairn) June 3, 2018
If you sat in economy with or without your kids the saving might pay for another holiday …… just saying!
— Jooles (@jooliscious) June 4, 2018
I understand reasoning you give however I wouldn’t sit away from my son even if I had money to, he’s 16, Travel to the destination is all part of the holiday experience…