There’s a strange trend roaming the skies…
Parents are packing goodie bags (on top of everything else they need to remember) for their fellow passengers, which contain everything from earplugs to chocolate as a kind of advance apology for their kids making any noise. Not only does this seem like undue pressure on an already over-burdened parent, but we think it sends the wrong message overall. Children, just like anybody else on a flight, are a part of our society and should be treated as thus—but yes sometimes they do misbehave…
Here are three typical ways kids act up on planes, and how to deal with it.
Nip this in the bud immediately—as soon as it begins alert the parent, the sooner this behaviour is addressed the better. Don’t talk to the child, talk to the parent. If the child refuses to stop, ask the parent to switch seats. If that doesn’t work, talk to a flight attendant who may be able to move your seat.
It is not OK to let kids go free-range on a plane to run off their energy up and down the aisle. The whack of feet and being bumped by little limbs is disturbing for other passengers, plus it also has the effect of influencing the others kids on the flight to jump up and join. If you’ve got a runner on your hands—discreetly talk to the flight attendant on this one.
If it’s an actual infant, and not a toddler or older—put your earplugs in and have some sympathy, we’re sure there’s nothing that you could do or say that the mom (or dad) hasn’t tried already.