Air France keeps children traveling alone away from adults

Air France keeps children traveling alone away from adults

To guard against possible complaints of sexual harassment, Air France has decided to keep adults away from children traveling alone. (News of the 03/09/10)

  • Since February 2010Air France's flight crew has received the following instructions: A child traveling alone, especially on long-haul flights, must not be seated next to an adult. A way according to the company to avoid any risk of touching.
  • This new directive would have been decided following several complaints on long-haul flights, especially to the United States.

An unenforceable instruction?

  • For some of Air France's staffthis instruction is inapplicable, especially for security measures. Indeed, in case of depressurization, it is an adult who must help a child to equip the oxygen mask.
  • Another problem highlighted by the unions : this new directive goes against the procedure of preparation of the cabin in case of emergency evacuation which recommends putting each child between two adults.

Stéphanie Letellier