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News Reports 2 : Dec 1-3 2005

The Dominion Post
December 1 2005

Parents should rethink travel
Letter to the Editor
by Jason Familton, Mt Cook

Is the airlines' policy to ban men from sitting next to unaccompanied children on flights an example of PC gone wrong (Nov 30)?

What implications does this have for interaction between males and children in society? What sort of encouragement is there for males to become teachers, childcare workers or join any occupation that has anything to do with children?

Should we then go on to ban males from working in aircraft cabins as well?

I think Air New Zealand and Qantas have got this horribly wrong. The implication that all men are guilty of conducting wrongdoing without justification is discrimination in its worst form.

If parents are so worried about sending their children unaccompanied on flights, maybe they need to look at the reason why they are sending them unaccompanied in the first place.