British television personality Kirstie Allsopp is catching heat after admitting that she and her husband sometimes fly business or first class while her two children sit in coach. Allsopp describes the decision in an interview as a matter of principle, arguing that neither of her sons has ‘earned’ a first-class flight.
“Club class should be [a] huge treat that you’ve worked for,” she says. “If kids get used to Club class what do they have to work towards?”
She went on to call the criticisms of her decision “utter rubbish,” “very spoiling,” and “an absurd waste of money.” In her eyes, putting her kids in coach saves the family a lot of money that can be spent on the actual vacation. While this isn’t a totally off-base way to see things, some still view flying in a separate class from your kids as bad parenting.
The funny thing is if Kirstie Allsopp wasn't posh and wealthy, the term 'child neglect' would be being bandied around.
Instead, she's actually getting away with convincing herself and others that it's a "style of parenting".
— James (@JamesFl) June 4, 2018
Presumably Kirstie Allsopp and husband make their children live in a smaller, slightly shittier house at the bottom of the garden, as the kids haven't 'worked towards' such a huge 'treat'. #kirstieallsop #questionableparenting
— Darren Butler (@spud_butler) June 4, 2018
While Allsopp said that she makes sure to tell the flight attendants to alert her if there are any problems, some think the attendants are getting short end of the stick. It’s not their job to babysit her kids.
As an ex crew member I hated it when parents did this. One child spilt drink all over herself and the parents left us crew to sort it out…unfair on the crew or other pax who ended up as babysitters…while parents quaffed champagne in Club
— Melanie Jones (@xxmelbellexx) June 3, 2018
However, until they are adult, it's the parents job to PARENT not the Cabin Crew! Those children need looking after on a flight. I'd never have left mine … BUT appreciate we all have diff views ….
— EnglishRose (@francescolbert2) June 3, 2018
Then again, it’s not like the kids are suffering in steerage. Allsopp’s sons are 10- and 12-years-old, which means they’re right at the age where parents can elect to leave them to their own devices (literally) without it being a huge concern.
People parent differently, I think letting 10 year olds have social media accounts is far more risky than anything that could happen on a plane, and the biggest dangers come from adolescent mental health issues. #horsesforcourses
— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) June 4, 2018
At 10 & 12 they don't need or want to be entertained by their parents and are quite capable of behaving themselves for the duration of the flight. A little supported independence is a good thing.
— Annie Mackenzie (@GrannieMack) June 4, 2018
All this unnecessary media ‘uproar’ about #kirstieallsopp is nonsense. We have some major societal issues currently ffs, why not start acting like a decent inquisitive/investigative media and redirect that outrage towards something more worthwhile.
— Andrew Wright /_/ (@AndrewW44907873) June 4, 2018