If you haven’t seen this piece of news yet then I highly recommend you to check it out. Mirko Fischer, a business man based in Luxembourg, is suing British Airways after they demanded that he move from his seat next to his pregnant wife, out of fear that he may molest the boy sitting next to him. The airline has a long-standing policy of not allowing men to sit next to children that are flying alone.
This is a summary of what actually took place:
Shortly after all passengers had sat down, having stowed their bags in the overhead lockers, a male steward asked Mr Fischer to change his seat.
Mr Fischer refused, explaining that his wife was pregnant, at which point the steward raised his voice, causing several passengers to turn round in alarm. He warned that the aircraft could not take off unless Mr Fischer obeyed.
Mr Fischer eventually moved seats but felt so humiliated by his treatment that he is taking the airline to court on the grounds of sex discrimination.
It’s kind of amazing that men have accepted this kind of sexism for years and years. As Mr Fischer points out, there is no real basis for having this policy in place:
‘This policy is branding all men as perverts for no reason. The policy and the treatment of male passengers is absolutely outrageous.
‘A plane is a public place - cabin crew regularly walk down the aisles and passengers are sat so close to each other. The risk of any abuse is virtually zero.
‘Furthermore 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?’
In many ways, men are the last group in society that you are allowed to discriminate against. In light of this fact, Mr Fischer is a real hero for those of us who want gender equality to include men.