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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Crying Kids On Planes ~ Fair Game

Bless me father for I have sinned. Well almost. I pictured myself strangling the life out of that child behind me as I gazed into her naughty eyes as she repeatedly kicked the shit out of my exit row aisle seat. I must have thought it a thousand times, "Kick my chair one more time... You've got one more time, you little expletive."

A story about a smelly passenger kicked out of a flight was recently featured in CNN. The story’s comment section has eventually diverted to the discussion of children and babies on flights.

The issue of ill-behaved children and crying infants is a favorite among airline passengers. Some readers who were downright harsh said that kids and babies shouldn’t be allowed in airplanes, cinemas, restaurants and other public places, while those who were sympathetic said that other passengers should just drown out the noise caused by children and babies with in-flight entertainment. Other readers suggested that airlines should sit all families with kids and babies together in one section.

While some people would love to ban kids and babies from airplanes, we all have to face the fact that everyone, even these little ones, have the right to fly. As annoying as some passengers find crying babies, they just have to deal with it! Some experts urge airline passengers to try to understand that crying is the only way that babies communicate with adults. If they’re hungry, hurt or sleepy, they will cry. So headphones or earplugs will definitely be useful. On the other hand, parents should keep all tools and paraphernalia that will make their babies stop crying handy. For those with older kids, bringing along some books, toys or video games will definitely be helpful. Walking the kids around the plane once in a while would also be a good idea, especially for long flights.

If you’re the object of some chair-kicking stunt or if you are sitting right next to a whining kid, reacting hostilely will not really help. First, try to check if the parents are doing anything to stop the ill-behavior. If the mother or father is trying to do something, then just let them do their job. If it seems like they’re not making any effort at all, it’s best that you ask a flight attendant to talk to them about their child’s behavior. Parents are most likely to listen to airline employees than fellow passengers.

How do you usually deal with crying babies on flights? How do you keep your kids from creating a ruckus so they don’t disturb other passengers? Did she say cough syrup?! Uhhhhhhh! and lol.

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