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Kirstie Allsopp Flies Business Class With Kids in Coach

This Mum's Choice to Fly First-Class While Her Kids Sit in Economy Is Causing an Uproar

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Kirstie Allsopp attends a celebrity singalong from

I'm going to be honest: whenever I am faced with the unlucky scenario of having to board an airplane with my two young kids, I secretly wish I had infinite wealth such that I could fly to whatever destination we're headed solo and pay someone to cart my kids there separately. There's no greater form of parenting torture, in my humble opinion, than spending several hours cramped inside a flying tin can with tiny humans who have the attention span of a gnat.

So when I read an article that British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp "flies business class while her two children, ages 10 and 12, fly economy," my first thought was to seethe with jealousy.

In the article, she admitted that "when we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from [partner] Ben and me if we're not in economy together." She reasoned that first-class accommodations "should be a huge treat you've worked hard for" and that "it seems like an absurd waste of money." In fact, the money she saves by not having her kids in upgraded seats goes toward making their holiday that much better.

While I was busy calculating how many airline frequent-flyer points it'd take for me to even daydream about such an option, the backlash came quickly, with most people taking to Twitter to condemn the working mum's "selfish" choice.

Others, including a former airline worker, were quick to question the impact her decision has on her fellow passengers:

Still, many came to her defence for a host of reasons. It's not like she's living my secret dream of leaving fussy toddlers to shriek and kick seats unattended — her kids are at an age where they can be entrusted to sit unaccompanied for several hours without incident.

Even Kirstie herself made a great point as to why leaving 10-year-olds to sit without their parent on a plane should really be the least of everyone's concerns:

She's right — particularly about the part in which "people parent differently." I doubt I'll ever be in the financial situation to fly first-class on my own dime, and many aren't in a position to fly at all with their families. She has the luxury of choice, yes, but it's her right to choose how she parents amid those luxuries. Plus, it's worth noting that many travelling parents are unwittingly separated from their kids per the airline's seat payment policy, in which you have to pay extra for advance seating assignments. Why is it OK when the airline enforces such separation but not when a parent so chooses it?

And for those viciously calling her a "thoughtless mother" unconcerned with her "children's safety," the reason she even spoke about her particular in-flight setup was because, last year, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay said he did the same thing. Where was all the outrage when he admitted to it?

Whether you agree with her or not, the next time you are flying with your kids, however old, I guarantee you'll think about her arrangement and, for at least a few moments anyway, you'll see the appeal.

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