Kirstie Allsopp defends decision to fly business class while her children are left in economy

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Kirstie Allsopp has defended her decision to fly business class while her children were left in economy.

The Channel 4 television presenter was faced with an online backlash after confessing that she doesn’t let her two sons join her in Business Class when they go on holiday – but instead makes them sit by themselves in Economy.

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: “I cant believe any mother would choose to leave their kids unattended in another section of an aircraft. Is your free champagne really that important to you?

“I agree they should sit in economy but you should be there with them -thats your duty as their mother. Im truly appalled.”

While a former cabin crew member waded in saying it’s “unfair” on staff and other passengers who end up as “babysitters”.

Another added: “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 … BUT appreciate we all have diff views…”

But the Location, Location, Location star has hit back, saying upgrading them would be an “absurd waste of money”.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: “If I’m going to spend money, it’s on the holiday itself rather than the flights.

“When we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from Ben and me if we’re not in economy together.

“Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.”

She added: “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.”

It comes after chef Gordon Ramsay explained his refusal to fork out thousands for his four kids to join him in upper class.

He previously said: “They get entertainment on their iPads. I don’t want them sat there with a 10-course f**king menu with champagne. It is my wife and I’s choice to keep them real.”

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