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Birdsbeesandtrees Thu 13-Apr-17 08:18:30

Seen a quote from Gordon Ramsey this morning saying he does this.

The quote is "He added that they don’t even allow their children sit with them in first class on family holidays because they “haven’t worked hard enough” to afford it yet.
“I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, ‘Make sure those little f–kers don’t come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane.’

I worked my f–king ass off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it.”

I was really shocked. Is this normal ? I've never flown first class by the way so I honestly have no idea.

Do people do this ?

MsGameandWatch Thu 13-Apr-17 08:19:41

I think he's a twat. I hate him even more for this and hope he's joking.

Aeroflotgirl Thu 13-Apr-17 08:21:29

I know, he wants to show his kids the value of money, and working hard, but this is nasty. As a family you travel together, so if you travel in first class, your family should, if you travel in economy, than your family should.

LemonRedwood Thu 13-Apr-17 08:21:33

If he doesn't want his children in first class then he should be sitting in economy as well. It's not the flight attendant's job to care for his children.

He is a bellend of the highest order.

Birdsbeesandtrees Thu 13-Apr-17 08:21:55

I don't think he was joking. Something about not leaving them any money because he wants them to earn their own. Which I get. But this just seemed ...mean ?

DragonFire99 Thu 13-Apr-17 08:22:21

Well, he's always been completely vile, and this just proves it. What a bellend.

BarbarianMum Thu 13-Apr-17 08:24:32

It's normal if you're a total tosspot. And it's nothing to do with "teaching them the value of hard work" - lots of people work hard and will never be able to fly first class most of his restaurant staff fi. It's about not being arsed to look after his kids.

Crispsheets Thu 13-Apr-17 08:24:57

My ex did this. Flew first class long haul...Teenage Ds in economy​

Aeroflotgirl Thu 13-Apr-17 08:24:59

His kids are older, teens/20's I think, but this is unpleasant. Surely you work hard, you want to look after your family, or is he just going to spend the lot on himself.

GiraffeorOcelot Thu 13-Apr-17 08:25:19

Ignoring Gordon, I don't think it is uncommon for the parents to sit in first and the kids (and nanny) to go in economy.
I'm sure I've seen it mentioned in the BA FAQ section.

I wouldn't but people do.

pilotswife Thu 13-Apr-17 08:25:25

Yes people do this a lot. A lot of families are frequent fliers and their children are well travelled and well behaved and can easily be by themselves in economy where they are quite comfortable while the adults are up the front. Often there is a nanny or a maid with them but I've known many to fly solo.

aprilanne Thu 13-Apr-17 08:25:40

i think he just says this to get attention .it was in paper today that one of his daughters sat next to j lo or someone like that on a flight .i doubt they would have been in economy

Birdsbeesandtrees Thu 13-Apr-17 08:25:50

I know the kids are older so don't need looking after as such but. Still. And what about when they were younger ?

LegoCaltrops Thu 13-Apr-17 08:25:54

What a wanker. Poor kids to be dismissed to economy class.

UppityHumpty Thu 13-Apr-17 08:25:54

Not sure if he's been misquoted - everytime I've seen them on a flight (I travel 1st to the US a lot due to work) the whole family's travelled in 1st.

Aeroflotgirl Thu 13-Apr-17 08:26:12

Oh lord Crisps, did you have to fly economy too, that's why he's an ex right!

Birdsbeesandtrees Thu 13-Apr-17 08:27:41

To me it screams tightness/ can't be arsed with the kids. Or that you like to behav as though you have more money than you really do hence putting kids in economy.

Why not have the kids and nanny stay at the local campsite while you stay in a nice hotel while you're at it.

GinasGirl Thu 13-Apr-17 08:30:18

It's quite common according to a couple of my friends - one of whom is a BA pilot and one who used to be cabin crew.
Apparently it becomes a problem when the kids go looking for their parents in First throughout the flight. My friend said she had to tell more than one parent that they had to go and sit in coach rather than have their children come back and forth.
And I can totally believe this of Ramsey.

SleepFreeZone Thu 13-Apr-17 08:31:02

This just doesn't bother me. He probably has them in premium economy, they get to sit together away from their parents which I'm sure suits them fine.

Also don't be fooled about the kids not getting any money. They won't be trust fund babies but he'll make sure they have property and will no doubt get them involved in his businesses.

Birdsbeesandtrees Thu 13-Apr-17 08:32:24

He said they'd get a 25% deposit on a flat actually.

I don't think not leaving them anything is wrong at all actually. But he has so much money I do hope he helps them out a little rather than watch them struggle. Which I'm sure he would. I hope.

CaoNiMartacus Thu 13-Apr-17 08:34:53

Yeah, but I bet he won't be shy in getting his children book deals/TV deals/modelling contracts when they're old enough.

eddielizzard Thu 13-Apr-17 08:37:30

it was warren buffet i think who did this sort of thing with his kids. wanted them to work for their money, not just have an easy life. his kids said they felt like they grew up in poverty whilst surrounded by wealth. not something i'd want for my kids.

Polly99 Thu 13-Apr-17 08:37:52

I think this is fine. His kids are old enough to travel alone. Pretty sure that once my parents were in business on a transatlantic flight and me and my siblings in economy (it was what my dads employer would pay for) and it was great fun.
Plus, I've seen the behaviour of over-entitled teens in the front and reckon a stint in economy might just do them some good.

NavyandWhite Thu 13-Apr-17 08:39:45

I bet he was joking. He's not that much of a twat, is he?

Mulberry72 Thu 13-Apr-17 08:41:44

He's a complete dickhead, I can't abide him.

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