Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has defended her decision to sit her children in economy when she and her husband fly in more expensive seats.
After criticism, she said she thinks letting children on social media is more dangerous than leaving them alone in economy on a plane.
The Location, Location, Location star had told the Sun that upgrading her childrens' seats would be an "absurd waste of money" and that sitting in Club level should be something that people work for.
Ms Allsopp explained: "Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.
“Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for. If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.”
A: I’m not in club and don’t drink champagne B: I have frequently been complimented by cabin crew on the behaviour of my boys C: I always introduce myself to the cabin crew concerned and say if there are any problems to alert me immediately. Don’t generalise. https://t.co/SnbdErK9tq— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) June 3, 2018
She and her partner Ben Andersen occasionally upgrade to more expensive seats, she said, while her children Bay, 12, and Oscar, 10, sit in economy.
Furious critics responded, with one tweeting: "As an ex crew member I hated it when parents did this.
"One child spilt drink all over herself and the parents left us crew to sort it out...unfair on the crew or other pax who ended up as babysitters...while parents quaffed champagne in Club."
Utter rubbish, they don’t need to be “looked after” they’re sitting on a plane watching movies! That’s not parenting it’s fussing. https://t.co/WzHyQksrAt— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) June 4, 2018
Another wrote: "Until they are adult, it's the parents job to PARENT not the Cabin Crew! Those children need looking after on a flight. I'd never have left mine."
She responded, telling her Twitter followers: "People parent differently, I think letting 10 year olds have social media accounts is far more risky than anything that could happen on a plane, and the biggest dangers come from adolescent mental health issues. #horsesforcourses."
Gordon Ramsay agrees, and said earlier this year: "They get entertainment on their iPads. I don’t want them sat there with a 10-course f---ing menu with champagne. It is my wife and I’s choice to keep them real."