One of life’s great luxuries is flying business class, an experience so centered on hedonism, comfort, and convenience that it can often surpass the vacation itself. But bottomless booze, gourmet meals, and ample leg room also mean that a single business-class ticket can equal the average person’s monthly salary.
That steep price may be why some husbands are choosing to stick their wives in economy while they enjoy the spoils of business class all to themselves. In an unsettling story from The Daily Mail, more and more men are responsible for a class divide in their very own homes by creating what The Daily Mail calls “economy class wives.”
Several women in the UK spoke to the paper about what it’s like when their husbands fly business class and relegate them to coach. “The first question people ask is always the same: ‘Has your husband ever offered to change seats with you?’ Hand on heart, he hasn’t ever suggested it,” said Tina Kumar, whose husband, Arrun, won’t shell out the extra cash so that he and his wife can fly in business class together. “It really used to bother me,” Tina added. “Did he think his comfort was more important than mine? What did it say about how much he respected me? I’ve gotten used to it, though.”
Apparently, Tina’s not the only one. Daily Mail spoke to other couples with the same troubling arrangement, including John and Michelle Sedgemore. “He doesn’t like the chatter, hates that too many people are in close proximity and can't bear being crammed into his seat,” said Michelle about why her husband refuses to sit with her in economy.
The question then becomes Why doesn’t he invite her to sit with him in business? Once again, it comes down to money, something John isn’t afraid of admitting. “Do I feel guilty? Not at all!” he said. “I get treated very well in business class. And if, one day, we can afford it, then I’d love for the whole family to join me there.”
While the women seem okay with their arrangements, we can’t help but feel a tad disturbed by this alarming new trend. Hopefully, it goes the way of luggage and gets lost.
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