Clarkson's 'babies' quip riles mothers

Last updated 10:03 21/05/2013
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
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RILING MOTHERS: Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

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Acerbic British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson is not one to keep his opinions to himself. Now he has stirred up a storm of controversy over a tweet about babies on planes.

"When will British Airways realise that babies belong in the hold?" he asked his 2 million Twitter followers after a flight to Scotland earlier this month.

London's Daily Telegraph reported that the outcry was immediate and vociferous.

Justine Roberts, of the website Mumsnet responded to his comments in the Mail on Sunday saying: "There are plenty of Mumsnet users hoping British Airways will realise Jeremy Clarkson belongs in the hold.

The presenter said "I have sparked FURY at the Mail for saying babies should travel in a plane's hold".

"Mine didn't fly until they were old enough to behave."

A spokesman from BA told the Mail: "We welcome families, including infants, in cabins."

Is he out of line? What are your ideas for travelling babies?

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