No matter what you want to call it, profiling or stereotyping, in this day and age it just may be good common sense. In Australian, men are barred from sitting next to unaccompanied children on flights. Sure there may be an insinuation, but if its a rule for all males could it just be perceived as a guideline in the best interest and welfare of children. Although such a rule would not have prevented this from happening.
However, before people start spouting off about their civil rights are being violated or they were made to feel embarrassed. Stop and think that it may not be about them. Sometimes is about a 10-year-old girl who was molested, Or the fact that kids flying alone may be targets of airport predators. Rather than worrying about adults first, why don’t we put the children’s welfare first this time?