CHILD­ISH BE­HAV­IOUR

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While stand­ing at the gate wait­ing to board my Lufthansa flight from Van­cou­ver to Mu­nich, I thought I should put pen to paper and ex­press my views on a fa­mil­iar sit­u­a­tion. The is­sue con­cerns air­lines al­low­ing pas­sen­gers with chil­dren to board be­fore the rest of us. It seems to me that none of the air­lines are ap­ply­ing a sen­si­ble ap­proach to this.

I would have thought that the sys­tem is for peo­ple trav­el­ling with young chil­dren, who need time to set­tle in be­fore other guests are al­lowed to board, and pre­sum­ably this would as­sist in stream­lin­ing the board­ing process for ev­ery­body else.

How­ever, as hap­pened in Van­cou­ver, much older chil­dren are also al­lowed to board early. There is no at­tempt to ap­ply a sen­si­ble ap­proach, which I would have thought would be some­thing like only fam­i­lies with chil­dren un­der, say, eight years of age should be al­lowed to board early.

I ob­served sev­eral fam­i­lies board­ing early with chil­dren who would eas­ily have been above eight years. The rest of us just had to wait, even those of us who had paid for premium seats. It seems to me that al­low­ing this makes a mock­ery of the whole process.

Jeff Car­swell, Den­mark

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