Should Airlines Be Allowed to Forbid Men From Sitting Next to Unaccompanied Minors?

Katie J.M. Baker:

Is it gender discrimination to separate adult men from children solely on the basis of their Y chromosome?

Of course it is, but this phrasing implies that gender discrimination is always unacceptable.

On the one hand, I can only imagine Baker’s snarkiness if we gender-swapped this situation, and at first blush it smacks a little of the sexist idea that men are always untrustworthy. On the other hand, in-flight child molestation seems like a very real problem, and I don’t doubt that most if not all of the perpetrators are men.