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Kids in economy, Adults in Business ! Is this allowed !

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RubyViolet Sat 27-Jul-19 13:48:50

Friend is taking her Grandchildren to the USA to holiday with their Dad. Dad lives full time on West Coast, it’s a long flight.
Granny and daughter/ Auntie have bought Business Class returns for themselves but Dad has paid for the 12 and 14 year old to sit in Economy.
Is this even allowed ? I know BA have ruled that no under 14’s can fly unaccompanied now. I don’t know who they are flying with but l can’t help feeling that this is unfair on the other passengers who will have 2 very lively unaccompanied kids amongst them for 14 hours.

Mymycherrypie Sat 27-Jul-19 13:50:23

It’s a wanker move but people do do it. I wouldn’t because kids are still humans, rather than luggage to put in the hold out of sight.

Vivavivienne Sat 27-Jul-19 13:50:32

Why the hell would a 12 and 14 yr old be very lively and of any disturbance to other passengers? Would they not just watch TV and play games/sleep/eat like everyone else?

I wouldn’t do it because I think it’s mean but I can’t see as it’s a problem:

elasticfantastic Sat 27-Jul-19 13:51:11

I think at 12 and 14 they're old enough to sit watch the films and not be a pain. At that age the extra space in business class would be wasted on them. I don't see a problem 🤷🏽‍♀️

daisypond Sat 27-Jul-19 13:51:33

It’s fine. Children travel unaccompanied at much younger ages. I assume a 12 and 14 year old can behave appropriately. Maybe that’s all the dad can afford?

Chune Sat 27-Jul-19 13:51:41

I think this is fairly common.

Kevin's mum and dad did it in Home Alone, and that worked out fine.

Dontsweatthelittlestuff Sat 27-Jul-19 13:52:56

I think it is quite sensible. The children will be smaller than adults so the smaller seats and leg room won’t be an issue and at 12 and 14 should be more than capable of behaving without an adults input.

bridgetreilly Sat 27-Jul-19 13:53:21

I think it's vile not to travel together, but for a 12/14 yo there's no actual prohibition and they'll mostly be on their screens. For younger kids yes, it's hugely unfair on other travellers.

AnnabelleBronstein Sat 27-Jul-19 13:53:51

My parents did it with us. It’s not like they’re toddlers being left alone FGS.

NannyR Sat 27-Jul-19 13:53:55

At 12 and 14 they would be able to fly unaccompanied on many airlines. I would expect that kids of that age should be able to sit still and not cause any disturbance, it's not like they are toddlers.

Butternutsqoosh Sat 27-Jul-19 13:55:09

On virgin unaccompanied children are classed as under 12 but 12-17 are young people travelling alone so yes can travel in economy while other family members travel in another cabin. Also a west coast flight is more like 10 1/2 hours not 14 so it's ready not too bad and they'll be fixated on the entertainment I would imagine!

SoupDragon Sat 27-Jul-19 13:55:49

kids are still humans, rather than luggage to put in the hold out of sight.

They're in Economy, not the hold.

ErrolTheDragon Sat 27-Jul-19 13:56:27

I think secondary age kids should be fine - they may actually prefer it.

Bookworm4 Sat 27-Jul-19 13:56:29

12/14 year olds are happy to sit themselves with earplugs in, why does half of MN act like all kids up to 18 should be pandered to like toddlers? 🙄 My DD travels alone to visit her dad and is perfectly fine.

fancynancyclancy Sat 27-Jul-19 13:56:31

Kevin's mum and dad did it in Home Alone, and that worked out fine. 🤣🤣

As they are 12 & 14 it will be fine plus i’m sure one of the adults will pop down & say hi.

Sexnotgender Sat 27-Jul-19 13:57:44

It’s a bit of a dick move by granny but maybe it’s all dad can afford. I’m assuming dad hasn’t paid for the granny and auntie’s tickets?

Yesicancancan Sat 27-Jul-19 13:57:54

IMO. It’s a shit thing to do.
If the kids don’t mind, then that’s that.
Besides they don’t need extra room and their Dad can spend money saved for his kids to fly business class in actually spending time with kids.

Derbee Sat 27-Jul-19 13:57:56

I’m sure it’s allowed. But it’s a real dick move imo

ErrolTheDragon Sat 27-Jul-19 13:58:16

* why does half of MN act like all kids up to 18 should be pandered to like toddlers*

There are very few posters on this thread taking that line.hmm
Why does half of MN indulge in inaccurate hyperbole?grin

justasking111 Sat 27-Jul-19 13:59:24

My friend put her OH and daughter in economy her work only paid for her business class.

Mymycherrypie Sat 27-Jul-19 13:59:27

Im talking metaphorically. You travel with your luggage in the hold without it having to inconvenience you. People who put their kids in economy while they travel business are the same. Its like saying “see you on the other side, I don’t care about your experience.”

fancynancyclancy Sat 27-Jul-19 14:00:03

Why is it a dick move? At 13 I would have loved to sit alone & would have been super excited to be going on holiday in general.

Zebraaa Sat 27-Jul-19 14:01:05

@chune 😂

Bookworm4 Sat 27-Jul-19 14:01:52

@ErrolTheDragon
Was I referring exclusively to this thread? No, I’m speaking in general terms.
OP is describing 12/14 as if they’re toddlers in need of amusement, you come across it on countless threads.
More than likely in this case they can’t afford all to fly business, it’s no big thing.

fancynancyclancy Sat 27-Jul-19 14:02:24

When I travelled by ferry at that age with my siblings we would barely spend any time with our parents who would sit in a lounge or cabin for the journey.

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