Location, Location, Location’s Kirstie Allsopp defends decision to fly in different class to her children
Kirstie Allsopp says it is an absurd waste of money to spoil children with premium seats. (Facebook: Kirstie Allsopp)
British television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has sparked a controversial debate after revealing she flies in a different class to her children when travelling.
The Location, Location, Location presenter told The Sun newspaper that on occasions she and her partner do not sit with their children, who are primary school aged.
Allsopp said it was an absurd waste of money to spoil children with premium seats.
“When we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from Ben and me if we’re not in economy together,” she said.
“Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little, but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.
“We take a shed load of holidays and if they flew with me in Premium Economy or Club we’d be taking fewer holidays, less is more.
“I’m not in bloody First Class, half the time I’m with the kids, and the rest of the time in Premium Economy, about four rows in front.
“My kids aged 9 and 11 are quite capable of looking after themselves, and so they should be at this age, it would be pathetic if they weren’t.”
The frank admission sparked thousands of people on Twitter to join the debate on whether Ms Allsopp is being cruel or kind.
Earlier this year, Gordon Ramsay spoke out about why he insists his children sit in economy while he and his wife fly first class.
The TV chef also had to defend his decision, saying his kids haven’t worked hard enough to earn luxury flying.
“I have got to keep it real with the kids,” Ramsay told The Mirror.
“I do not want them sat there with a 10-course f***ing menu with champagne.
“I like to think about what you can do with the money when you land, rather than paying out thousands of dollars for eight, nine, 10-year-olds to sit in first class.”
Ramsay has previously said he won’t be leaving his children any inheritance in his will.
He told The Telegraph the only thing they would get would be a 25 per cent deposit on a flat.
“I’ve never been really turned on about the money. That’s not my number one objective, and that’s reflected in the way the kids are brought up,” he said.
“It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them.”