An airline in India has announced their plans to start reserving seats for women who are traveling alone in an effort to make the experience safer for them.
Meenakshi Malik of Air India explained the concept.
“We will be reserving the third row—six seats—in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers traveling alone. We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers.”
The women will not have to pay any extra fees to take advantage of the seat change.
The move was prompted following a recent experience where a female traveler was assaulted by a man while she slept on the plane. But some people are not thrilled about the idea and suggest that it is gender discrimination.