A finely balanced argument

Via Twatter, Steve Williams points me toward this post on his blog, highlighting the following:


A businessman is suing British Airways over a policy that bans male passengers from sitting next to children they don’t know  –  even if the child’s parents are on the same flight.

Mirko Fischer has accused the airline of branding all men as potential sex offenders and says innocent travellers are being publicly humiliated.

In line with the policy, BA cabin crew patrol the aisles before take-off checking that youngsters travelling on their own or in a different row from their parents are not next to a male stranger.

If they find a man next to a child or teenager they will ask him to move to a different seat. The aircraft will not take off unless the passenger obeys. 

This shouldn’t be a surprise. British Airways are cunts. Not just as an organisation, but as their striking ‘cabin crew’ showed in December, they are cunts as a collection of individuals too.

Since 9/11, these Skycunts have been bestowed with the mantle of the righteous jobsworth, and boy do they know how to use it – it’s like they recruited en masse from local councils.

But it’s not quite so one-sided, as we shall see.

Mr Fischer, a 33-year-old hedge fund manager, became aware of the policy while he was flying from Gatwick with his wife Stephanie, 30.

His wife, who was six months pregnant, had booked a window seat which she thought would be more spacious. Mr Fischer was in the middle seat between her and a 12-year-old boy.

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,

Oh that’s right – the pregant and their partners are to be bestowed with preferential treatment, dedicated as they are to ensuring that the chiiiiiildren are indeed the future. Well actually, no. This sense of entitlement that some breeders have gets right on my tits. They can fuck all the way off. And don’t ever get me onto the subject of parent & child parking spaces.

Anyway, back to the Skycunts:

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.

Fucking queen. His polyester trousers were probably chafing his piles.

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-He is paying all his own legal [costs].

Suing them, due to humiliation? I’m not sure I approve of that, but since he’s paying for it, why should I care? If anything, seeing British Airways trepanned and skull fucked in any way will bring me joy.

In the meantime, if I fly BA, I’ll know that (1) I won’t end up sat next to a damned child, and (2) Precious Mr Fischer won’t be on-board with is screaming new offspring, demanding special treatment.

In any case, since 9/11, flying has just become hellish – I avoid it at all costs. Such stupid treatment has become quite normal in the world of air travel. Thanks cunts. Thanks rag-heads. Thanks US Department of Total Fuckwits.


10 thoughts on “A finely balanced argument

  1. We were just saying today that for anywhere in Europe it’s probably easier to drive these days than fly. Far lesss hassle obviously. Ok, so maybe not if you live “waaay oop North” but you know what I mean. Channel Tunnel is quick enough and European motorways generally beat the living daylights out of using the M1 and the M6.

    • Totally agree with you Steve – have holidayed in Europe in the car for several years now taking in France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark – I may even have missed some off there.

  2. I recently went: Stoke On Trent, Aldershot, Central London, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany (Robel, NW of Berlin) and back again …. In 44 hours. Yes I was damn tired BUT my point is it’s “doable” and less of a pain in the derriere than flying.

    • Berlin is a pretty long way. I usually aim for Kóln on the first day.

      That said, I drove have driven back from Berlin in one go, in a car I’d bought there. Memorable as it was the day after 9/11, and I’d been in the air over Frankfurt when said even actually happened.

  3. Move to Peckham and all you’ll have to do is open your window and close your eyes to be transported someplace foreign.

    And it is ANY form of PUBLIC transport that is ‘orrible, not just air travel. Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so bloody many of us. Or even if just the smelly ones stayed away.

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