This Mom's Choice To Fly First-Class While Her Kids Sit In Coach Is Causing An Uproar

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Flying with children can be very stressful. It's often increasingly stressful if the airline has seated the parent separately from their child. Many parents will pay any amount on top of their airfare to ensure they are seated next to their children so they can ensure they're properly monitored for the flight.

Some parents however aren't as concerned with sitting with their children. According to The Sun, British TV host Kirstie Allsopp, who is a mom of two young boys age 10 and 12, often opts to sit in first class while her boys sit in economy. The Sun estimates that Allsopp earns approximately $1 million a year, yet she won't pay for her sons to sit in first class with her and her partner, Ben.

“If I’m going to spend money, it’s on the holiday itself rather than the flights," Allsopp said. "When we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from Ben and me if we’re not in economy together.

Allsopp maintains that her sons are now old enough to sit a part from their parents during their trip.

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"Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do. Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for. If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.”

The internet was quick to let Allsopp know exactly what they thought of her leaving her children in economy while she and her partner sat in first class, and a lot of it wasn't particularly pleasant.

Some airline workers even chimed in with their opinions on having her children sit separately in economy.

Others felt there was nothing wrong with leaving her children at their age by themselves. Many shared their own experiences and stated that travelling on their own helped them learn independence and confidence.

Allsopp has come to her own defense on Twitter, responding to many of the nasty commenters who are calling her a selfish and bad mother. She also noted that she has 16 and 18 year old step sons who are often travelling with her sons, allowing for even more supervision.

Allsopp is clearly confident in her children's abilities to sit by themselves for a few hours as they watch any movie they want and order whatever they delight from the airplane menu, however people still felt the need to criticize her parenting because of it.

Do you think it's OK for parents to sit in first class while their children sit in economy? Do you think children need to learn independence and can definitely handle themselves for a few hours while sitting in an airplane, or is this simply lazy parenting?

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