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  • May 22, 2013
You might think that Jeremy Clarkson has run out of groups to offend, but the Top Gear frontman remains as unfiltered and unbowed as ever, this time calling for British Airways to deposit traveling young children in with the luggage under its planes. After a flight to Scotland, the irascible Brit quipped, "When will British Airways realise that babies belong in the hold?" via Twitter. The tweet prompted equal quantities of laughter, outrage and support from those who follow him on the social media service. Acknowledging the controversy, Clarkson would later follow up by noting, "Mine didn't fly till they were old enough to behave."

Predictably, British Airways has responded by reiterating that all are welcome in its airplane cabins, but Clarkson's musing has also triggered widespread support for the notion of child-free air travel – on Twitter and beyond. And as the Telegraph notes, at least one airline realizes that for some travelers, there is real appeal to the idea: Malaysia's Air X airlines recently introduced select routes with seating areas where occupants must be 12 years or older. Perhaps they've just found their new spokesman.


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      Carlos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, because he was actually suggesting babies actually be treated like luggage. There's absolutely no chance nobody has ever made this joke before. Oh, but now suddenly Jezza says it and he must be serious. Jeebus M. Christ-on-sticks, do people really get bent this out of shape on things that obviously is meant as a joke?
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carlos
        They get bent out of shape. They need to just get bent.
        Chuggowitz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carlos
        YOU'RE CLEARLY A DOUBLE HITLER FOR AGREEING. Oh god. These are probably the same kind of people that are convinced all gay people are demon-spawn.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carlos
        Oh daaaaang this thread just got double Godwinned
      J Shep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get over it... It was a joke!
      Malhaar
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it offensive that people actually thought this was offensive
        Making11s
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malhaar
        I'm guessing it's mostly people with poorly behaved children.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Babies are precious, but seriously, who wants to be trapped on a seat for few hours with a crying baby?
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should at least put all the babies/parents seated together at the very back or front of the plane to keep everyone else happy
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      What kind of moronic idiot would be offended by Clarkson any more? I am perhaps weeks away from being a father and I have say, I am laughing. Besides, he has a point. I don't plan on flying with my boy until he is old enough, for his sake as well as mine and everyone else's.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        And if you have some sort of situation that you do have to fly with your baby and he cries, the people around you will get over themselves, you will get over yourself, and life will move on. Babies cry. Nothing anybody can do while in the air (except put on those tacky Beats audio headphones and drown the noise out).
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      What parent thinks their baby could handle a plane ride? Seriously? The pressure test is just unnecessary.
        Bradley Gardam
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patrick
        when swimming back to your own country is to far and you no longer have a visa to stay and you just had a baby in your husbands country after doctors say your no longer aloud to fly what do you do? i guess you travel just for fun some of us travel because we have to.
          rrossr67
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bradley Gardam
          I guess mama flies home and daddy takes care of the baby in the US? How hard is that to figure out? Or fly home as soon as you find out you are pregnant? Or start working really hard on getting that visa extended, planning to leave before you can't fly. Why do people make things sound impossible when really it is not only quite possible, but quite simple?
      Can Of Minus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Flying my 1 year old cross country this summer. Luckily my JetBlue AMEX card gets me 50% off drinks for those sitting immediately around us.
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      A.) It's a joke; B.) Who among us hasn't been stuck on a 12+ hour flight with an insufferable whining baby and a hipster couple that doesn't believe in good parenting our courtesy for others? and; C.) Really, though...children are just the worst. Stick 'em in with the luggage.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Formulaic news story: Jeremy Clarkson angers {insert whatever here}.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is no need to take his statement literally...anyone with a dose of common sense understands this.
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whoever treats Clarkson seriously, on cars and everything, needs a medical checkup :-) Dislcaimer: I watched every Top Gear JC did since 2002 :-)
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