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Kangaroos and koalas may be cute and endearing, but the Qantas Airways policy of banning men from sitting next to unaccompanied children on its flights is ugly beyond words. While such a policy may "fly" in Australia, it is patently repugnant to fundamental American principles and values. Rosa Parks, who recently passed away, became an American hero precisely because she refused to submit to a policy dictating where she should sit on a bus because of her race. Qantas believes, however, that gender should dictate where passengers are allowed to sit on its planes, treating adult male passengers like pariahs. Unless and until Qantas Airlines abandons its hurtful, egregiously sexist policy -- with an apology, Qantas does not deserve the patronage of men (Editor: Or conscious women, for that matter.)

A news article appearing in the November 29, 2005, edition of the New Zealand Herald, reported about an incident in which a 37-year-old man was asked by a Qantas stewardess to change his seat with a woman based on Qantas's policy of not allowing men to be seated next to unaccompanied young children. Qantas has since confirmed that it does, indeed, have such a policy.

I'm curious. U.S. Government statistics show that there isn't a great difference between the number of women involved in molestation of children versus men. So, why doesn't Qantas develop a policy that's a bit more targeted - excluding say all Clergy and all Teachers from sitting next to an unaccompanied child? If you're going to setup arbitrary stereotypical policies, target them towards the groups that seem to be the primary molesters.

Besides, in checking rates from San Francisco and Portland, United was cheaper and offered shorter flights. Other possible airlines to Australia are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, American, British, Emirates and United for starters.

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Related Issues: Qantas May Be Breaking Federal Law, Qantas Customer Care, Other Airlines Responses, Airline Response Chart

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