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To put DC, aged 8 and 9, in Economy while I fly in Club with a 2yo and the nanny

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firemansamisnormansdad Fri 02-Nov-12 20:38:12

OK, so it wasn't actually me. But I boarded a flight from the USA yesterday and was shocked that this Mom did this to her own children. I have heard that people do this. Is there ever any real justification? My DH was sitting next to them and the little girl was getting quite scared at the turbulence. The Mom said that she would send the nanny down and swap places with DD during the flight, but she never did. I could never do this - I want my precious ones near me during a flight, especially an 8 hour one!

hermioneweasley Fri 02-Nov-12 20:40:52

As soon as kids are old enough (and I think 8 and 9 is too young not to be a nuisance to other passengers) this is precisely how I will do long haul flights.

None of your business

whoneedssleepanyway Fri 02-Nov-12 20:41:04

The nanny was in business and nobody with the children confused

cathpip Fri 02-Nov-12 20:41:23

My sister regularly used to fly business class with her 4 charges while mum and dad flew first class! (oh how the other half live....)But no i would never leave my children without myself or my dh on an 8 hr flight.

WheelieBinRebel Fri 02-Nov-12 20:43:25

Utterly selfish IMO! I didn't think children were allowed to sit alone.

TidyDancer Fri 02-Nov-12 20:43:36

So they children were on their own?!

I would've been horrified and the judgy pants would've been hoiked high. Not acceptable.

TidyDancer Fri 02-Nov-12 20:43:53

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stella1w Fri 02-Nov-12 20:44:24

I don,t understand why she didn,t put the nanny in economy with all the kids. Or put everyone oin club

firemansamisnormansdad Fri 02-Nov-12 20:55:32

Yeah, I was thinking that too about the nanny stella and it was our business hermione as my DC was sitting right next to them and the Mom told her kids that we were "a cute family" and that they weren't to annoy us.

lovebunny Fri 02-Nov-12 20:58:45

if this is true, it is a loathsome act.

stella1w Fri 02-Nov-12 20:59:16

What if you hadn,t been a nice family, what if someone had spilt hot coffee on them, what oif they watched scary movie.. She is just not nice.

allagory Fri 02-Nov-12 21:00:28

Those poor kids. They must feel very unloved.

Nuttyprofessor Fri 02-Nov-12 21:01:12

Utterly selfish on every level.

kilmuir Fri 02-Nov-12 21:01:12

having lived in a country where most people had nannys , i would have expected to have seen the mother in business and kids and nanny in economy

ZZZenAgain Fri 02-Nov-12 21:02:38

I think that is awful. I would have thought the nanny could have sat with the 2 older dc and she could have been in business with the baby, but I suppose she wanted the comfort of having the nanny on hand to take the baby off her.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 02-Nov-12 21:02:54

Nothing surprises me these days.
I would rather share the experience with my dc.

Softlysoftly Fri 02-Nov-12 21:04:37

That's awful, all in club or none!

ginmakesitallok Fri 02-Nov-12 21:04:43

Wasn't there a thread about a similar thing ages ago? but in that one i think the nanny went in economy with the kids?

Mollydoggerson Fri 02-Nov-12 21:04:50


maddening Fri 02-Nov-12 21:06:28

There should have been a nanny - if there was an incident requiring face masks they would have needed help - and if heaven forbid the plane went down they would have been alone. Bit dramatic I know.

Also - what if they got a bit giddy - someone needs to make sure they behave.

NickyNackyNooNoo Fri 02-Nov-12 21:09:19

I guess technically it's up to the mother but really totally mean and selfish of her. Youngest gets to sit with Mum and nanny while the eldest gets shoved in economy with strangers....heartless, mean, selfish and surely they'll have feelings of jealousy & kinda abandonment - 8 hours is a long time sad

Lueji Fri 02-Nov-12 21:12:04


Flatbread Fri 02-Nov-12 21:22:36

Tbh, I don't see the problem. Each their own

Flatbread Fri 02-Nov-12 21:23:04

Each to their own

Flatbread Fri 02-Nov-12 21:25:09

And the 8-9 year olds might have felt all grown up travelling on their own. Or mum could have been preparing them for independent travel (e.g., if they were going to go to a boarding school abroad in the near future)

Not sure what the big deal is.

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