More Airline Criticism-Gender Profiling
When a man who was flying on Air New Zealand was asked to change his seat because he was sitting next to an unaccompanied minor, a new policy was uncovered that is also followed by Qantas.
Mark Worsley was told to swap seats with a woman sitting nearby, who then moved into the seat next to the boy, about eight years old, for the 80-minute flight.
"I was pretty shocked -- I think most people would be," the 37-year-old shipping manager and father of two said Tuesday.
"I complied straight away and moved seats. But as I sat on the plane during the flight I got more and more angry about it."
Part of the problem, Worsley said, was that the plane was full. When the flight attendant arranged the seat swap, "certainly there was enough disruption that people in the immediate vicinity would have heard what was going on. I felt totally embarrassed."
He had later confronted the airline staff, who confirmed the company policy.