Should kids fly first class?Save
Gordon Ramsey refuses to eat plane food, but the celebrity chef also recently revealed he has strong feelings about flying with one's children.
In fact, Ramsey is so strict about making sure his offspring know the value of money that he won't let them travel in first class with him and his wife.
"I've never been really turned on about the money," Ramsay recently told The Telegraph. "That's not my number one objective, and that's reflected in the way the kids are brought up."
The Ramsay children, Matilda, 15, Jack and Holly, 17, and Megan, 18, also earn their own money and their dad says he won't be leaving them his fortune.
His somewhat stringent attitude towards parenting never takes a break - even when the family goes on holiday.
"They don't sit with us in first class. They haven't worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you're telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We're really strict on that.
"I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, 'Make sure those little f------ don't come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane'. I worked my f------ arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you've grafted for it."
While Ramsay's children are older, younger children and babies in first and business class can be controversial.
Late last year, fashion blogger Arielle Noa Charnas said she was flying in first class with Delta Airlines when she was asked to move to the back of the plane due to her nine-month-old daughter's constant crying.
On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn't fall asleep. My husband and I paid for first class so that we'd have the extra space and could lay down with her - once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it's time to stop ). I tried to ignore the people until 10 minutes passed and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane (as if the people in the back didn't matter). Give up our seats that we paid for and move. Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers. I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse. I don't know what's right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock. Thoughts? We're headed back to NYC today and we're hoping for a much better experience.
"On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn't fall asleep," the New York mum wrote on Instagram.
"My husband and I paid for first class so that we'd have the extra space and could lay down with her - once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it's time to stop," she continued.
She said she was told that she was "upsetting" other first class passengers.
Charnas told US Weekly she refused and Ruby fell asleep after being walked up and down the aisles.
In 2014, Richard Branson said he hoped to solve the problem altogether by implenting a special "kids class" on Virgin flights.
"I would love to introduce kid's class," the Virgin Atlantic president told Conde Nast Traveler. "It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them."
In 2011, Malaysia Airlines announced it would ban infants on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 flights, due to frequent complaints from other flyers.