I’ve stirred up some controversy in the past complaining about ill-behaved children on airplanes. But my position is simple. I don’t complain about babies and small children. I complain about parents who are clearing abdicating responsibility for those children.
I’m not talking about sometimes it’s just hard, and parents getting frustrated while trying.
I’ve written about incidents where children run into first class from coach and take electronics away from other passengers (strangers)… and the parents coming up and simply watching the child play somebody else’s video games while saying and doing nothing.
And I’ve written about parents seated in different rows sending their children running between them through the aisles, with the child’s screams getting louder with each trip (I understand the desire to tire the child out, but reeaallly?)
My frustrations are with parents at the very extreme end of poor parenting with children on a plane. Which also means my frustrations are very rare. And mostly limited to flights where by virtue of time of day most passengers are trying to sleep.
So even as someone who can sympathize at times, the way to deal with crying children on an airplane is not to do this:
The boy’s mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, of Minnesota told the FBI that she and her son were seated in row 28, seat B, on February 8 on Delta Flight 721 that originated in Minneapolis, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta this week.
The boy began crying because of the altitude change, and his mother tried to soothe him, court papers said.
Then Hundley, who was seated next to the mother and son, allegedly told her to “shut that (‘N word’) baby up,” according to court documents.
Hundley then turned around and slapped the 2-year-old in the face with an open hand, which caused the child to scream even louder, the affidavit said.
In this case I think that the man slapping the child was really the ‘baby’ behaving badly. Unsurprisingly, I suppose, this is not the first time he is facing assault charges.