Mum Of Two Admits To Flying First Class While Kids Go Economy!
Question. If you could fly first class but you children couldn’t, what would you do? Leave them in cattle class and enjoy the champagne or suck it up and sit with them?
A UK travel blogger and mum of two has admitted that she feels no guilt flying first class while leaving her kids in economy. In fact Naomi Kisted, says she always pays to upgrade her ticket to business of first class but leaves nine year old Fleur and three year old Rocco with their dad in economy.
Naomi,40 spoke to Fabulous Digital where she explained exactly why she can happily relax in first class without a tinge of guilt.
“If a client books us economy flights and there’s an opportunity for me to upgrade to business or first class, I would quite happily do that. We have a really good life and I want the kids to understand the value of money and the importance of working hard. They’re too young to really appreciate first class.I’m sure some people will think ‘oh my God’ but if you’re in a position where you have these kinds of opportunities, how do you teach your kids the value of money? I wasn’t handed anything on a plate as a child or a teenager, I’ve worked for everything I’ve got.”
The mum of two says they travel as a family five or six times a year but she also goes on solo vacations. “I don’t feel guilty about it. I’ve always been a working mum and I provide them with opportunities some children don’t have. I’m still there behind the scenes giving them all the love. Even if I’m juggling several projects, I’m always at Fleur’s sports matches at school, I am there for them. I want them to have gratitude, that’s the root of it.”
A presenter, fashion and travel writer, Naomi says her first class flights are the perfect opportunity to catch up on work. “For those eight to 10 hours on the flight I’m normally prepping my script, planning my itinerary, writing blog posts, planning my Instagram looks. Fleur would definitely want to be in first class if she had the opportunity to. I just say ‘maybe next trip, but you’ve got to appreciate Mummy needs to work’. It’s time for me to get my head down and crack on.”
Where is husband in all of this you may ask? Naomi says her husband Haydn doesn’t join her in first class and has no problem sitting in economy to look after their kids.
“I don’t take it in turns with Haydn to upgrade. He appreciates that these are opportunities I am bringing to the family. He can’t write the scripts for me, although I probably wouldn’t swap anyway.”
While Naomi says ‘yes they can afford’ to fly the whole family business class she states that it wouldn’t be fair on the other passengers who would have to listen to her children for the whole flight.
“I personally think young kids shouldn’t be allowed in first class, unless they’re really well behaved. Our daughter’s nine and she could sit and read a book, she’s experienced luxury hotels and she knows how to behave. But my three-year-old is a boy, he’s wild, he’ll run around. I wouldn’t want to put people through that. I don’t think it’s fair for people who’ve paid £10,000 for a seat to have a child running up and down, jumping in front of their face. If I’m working with a really high end client, I wouldn’t take the kids. I don’t want to be disrespectful to other parents who are there trying to relax.”
“I don’t want to suppress my child’s personality. If Rocco wants to run around and scream, I want him to feel free to do that. I don’t want to be saying ‘stop it’. So that’s why I wouldn’t put him in first class or in a high end luxury hotel. I don’t think it’s fair on anyone.”
Look, let’s be honest here! If someone offered me a first class ticket for a long haul flight while my kids were in economy, my first reaction would be ‘Hell Yes!’ But that would quickly be followed by mummy guilt which would see me give up the luxury suite in favour of the cramped economy situation.
Not surprisingly, some of the comments about this story were less than favourable and many called out the blogger for her ‘selfish’ actions.
Awful woman, she wants her kids to respect money which I get, but then she is quite happy to let her kids run amoke and cause havoc upsetting the other passengers. Besides if her kids get 5 to 6 luxury hoildays a year I say shes to late to show them the value of money when most parents can hardly afford a week at Pontins.
What goes around comes around. When Naomi gets old and falls ill, her kids will place her in an economy nursing home and barely visit, while the Husband is running round the World chasing Women. Good luck with the rest of your self absorbed, selfish life which is alienating your family.
Well if anyone was wondering why rich kids don’t like there parents now you know the answer, and anyone who believes It’s her money and not her husbands think again.
While one thought she was on the money for not wasting $$ on a child’s seat in first class.
Don’t see the issue here. It’s for a few hours and anyway, it’s her life. Freedom is about freedom of choice and if the bloke is fine with it then it’s no one else business. Paying anything more for an economy seat for a kid is an absolute waste of money anyway.
What do you think? Would you do this for a long haul flight?