Airline insanity

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Here's a fine example of airline insanity, this time from Down Under:

Air New Zealand and Qantas have banned men from sitting next to unaccompanied children on flights, sparking accusations of discrimination. The airlines have come under fire for the policy that critics say is political correctness gone mad after a man revealed he was ordered to change seats during a Qantas flight because he was sitting next to a young boy travelling alone.
Auckland man Mark Worsley says an air steward approached him after take-off on the Christchurch to Auckland flight and told him to change seats with a women sitting two rows in front. The steward said it was the airline's policy that only women were allowed to sit next to unaccompanied children. ...
Ms Paul said Air New Zealand tried to seat children near a crew area so crew could keep an eye on them and, when possible, children were seated next to an empty seat. "Sometimes this isn't possible, so the preference is to seat a female passenger next door to an unaccompanied minor." [LINK thanks to Evan]
A policy of treating all men as predators is clearly offensive -- even more so when women have been known to kidnap children. Sorry, gender isn't any guarantee of character.

But this article is also a good example of the use of the word "political correctness," which is always code for liberal/progressive. There is nothing progressive about blatant discrimination, irrespective of the target. The only reason the phrase is used repeatedly by conservatives around the world is to blame all types of wrong-headed policies and actions on progressives.

The support for the equality of women and other minorities is not the same as advocating discrimination against white people or men. That companies or educational institutions make bad decisions sometimes isn't the fault of all progressives, everywhere. Let's call this kind of stuff exactly what it is: just plain dumb.

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