A WOMAN has admitted to sitting in business class while leaving her children in economy class – sparking an online debate.
One mum said she almost “fell off my chair” after spotting her friend’s arrangement when she posted the details to a Sydney mum’s Facebook group.
She expressed surprise that her friend left her primary school-aged children in the cheaper economy class when traveling abroad while she flew in the more luxurious business class.
Opinion was divided as Facebook users offered their take on the situation, first reported by Australian travel site Escape.
The woman wrote: “I just found out that my girlfriend is flying economy class with her (primary school) children as unaccompanied minors.
“I almost fell out of my chair because it never occurred to me not to sit with them and make sure they are okay with take offs, turbulence, general surveillance etc during a long flight.
“I think we either all fly for business or we all fly economically.
“But maybe I’m too helicopter? Is this a common thing I never knew about? Or does the age of the children play a role? What are you doing?”
Some were quick to condemn the business-flying mom’s behavior.
One replied: “I would call your friend selfish and it makes it pretty clear to her kids what your friend thinks of her.”
Someone replied: “I thought the same thing. It’s a reminder that people have very different parenting styles.
“Love our children and know we don’t have unlimited time and opportunity to do things together (the fun, the bad, the exhausting, and the exciting moments that make life!).”
Another Facebook user had none of this, pointing out how unfair it was to other plane users.
They said, “Absolutely NO! I find that completely disrespectful to the other passengers who end up sitting near the children. Either everyone goes business or everyone goes economy.”
Another person saw the funny side and tagged a friend in a post, saying, “We can throw Leo and Penelope in cattle class and enjoy business class kid-free! Why didn’t we think of that sooner!?!”
A survey last year found that up to four in 10 parents would leave their children in Economy Class if they were upgraded to First Class.
It’s not the first time people have had mixed feelings about not sitting with family on a flight.
A woman went viral after slamming her boyfriend for upgrading his own seat to first class, leaving her in economy class.
Another woman was left stunned after paying for her boyfriend’s plane ticket upgrade, only for him to complain about it.
And one man was even fired when his mother paid for his entire family’s first-class flights — except for his girlfriends.
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