Links to News reports of the Issue
Critics of the policy
Celia Lashlie (Campaigner for the importance of men): Men should debate whether they are content to accept the slur
Jane McDonald (Doctors for Sex Abuse Care): Policy goes too far and indicates a degree of societal paranoia.
Norm Hewitt: (ex All Black): Likens the distrust of men to the segregation of back Americans in the 1950s. It is time for men to follow Rosa Parks' lead (Who refused to move on a segregated Alabama bus in 1955)
Roger Estall (Risk Management Society): The airlines should weigh up three competing risks before they set such a policy - the risk of a child being assaulted, the risk of children developing an unwarranted belief that men are all bad, and the risk of the child having a positive experience.
Nigel Latta (Clinical Psychologist): Airlines' policy is insane and offensive
Hans Laven (Clinical Psychologist): The policy provides children with an image that men are to be feared and have no value.
Dr Mapp (National MP): Breaches the fundamental principles or our democracy and the Human Rights Act.
Keith Locke (Green MP): Breaches the Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex
Mike Yardley (Radio Host): Reeks of moral panic
Kelvin Squire (Stratford School Principal): Ultimately the children suffer at a time when children need male role models more than ever.
Richard Aston, chief executive of Big Buddy: Such decisions are creating a world which segregates men from children.
Stuart Birks (Director of the Centre for Public Policy evaluation, Massey): Clear case of discrimination with no obvious rational basis
Michael Irwin (College of Education, former Principal) Harmful not just to men, but also to children - Is a signal to children not to trust any man
Other comments - Inconsistent and anti male: Teenagers, parents and women have all been guilty of abuse, but the policy only singles out men.
Other comments - No proven problem: psychologists dealing with sex abuse have neber heard of abuse on a plane; There is no evidence for such a policy
Other comments - Harmful to men, children and Society: Demonises men; Sends a message that men cannot be trusted; that men are uncaring and that every man is a potential pedophile. Leads to anti male sentiment, hysteria about child abuse.
Cindy Kiro (Commissioner for Children): Commends airline for putting thought into policies and keeping children safe
Neville Robertson (Waikato
University Psychologist): Men's rights have not been infringed