The presenter Jeremy Clarkson has prompted a strong reaction after suggesting that children should be stashed in the luggage hold during flights.

Following a flight to Scotland earlier this month Mr Clarkson tweeted: “When will British Airways realise that babies belong in the hold?”

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 acknowledged the vociferous response, saying “I have sparked FURY at the Mail for saying babies should travel in a plane’s hold.”

“Mine didn’t fly till they were old enough to behave.”

Twitter: Jeremy Clarkson – When will British Airways realise that babies belong in the hold?

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BA told the Mail: “We welcome families, including infants, in all cabins.”

However, many Twitter users seemed to back the presenter’s opinions. More than 1,750 users have registered his tweet as a favourite so far.

Emma Tills tweeted: “I couldn’t agree more with this statement from @JeremyClarkson. Bl**dy brilliant idea.”

Twitter: Kevin Greenhalgh – Babies in the aircraft hold is the out of the box thinking that should elevate @JeremyClarkson to the house of Lords as a minimum.

Mr Clarkson later added: “It’ll be interesting to see how the Mail responds to these supportive tweets.”

Earlier this year, the Malaysian airline Air Asia X launched “quiet zones” on some of its flights, where children under the age of 12 are not permitted to sit.

In a poll conducted Telegraph Travel readers last year, nearly 70 per cent said they would support the introduction of child-free flights .