It shocks me how many adults out there don’t like children. Even when I was a bachelor, traveling the world solo every week, I don’t ever recall getting extremely upset over a crying baby on the plane. And believe me, I’ve had flights, including recently, where a baby cried the entire time. RELATED: Should Airlines Offer Kid-Free Flights?
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Yes, it’s super annoying but it’s a part of life – especially in this day and age when air travel is often inexpensive and a necessity for many families. Smart travelers come prepared by packing a pair of 50 cent earplugs and noise cancelling headphones, and loading their phone with soft music to help them sleep. RELATED: 10 Tips For Better Sleep on a Plane
But what a passenger did on a recent Southwest Airlines flight to Fort Lauderdale was over the top. In a three-minute video posted on TikTok, which you can watch here, a passenger seated in row 10 not only started yelling that a baby had been screaming for 45 minutes but he wouldn’t stop swearing.
The two flight attendants in the aisle tried to get him to calm down and lower his voice but it didn’t work. They did go through with their promise to have the passenger met by police on arrival. The plane diverted to Orlando; it wasn’t clear if it was because of weather or the passenger but either way, they deplaned him. The passenger refused to get off and the pilot made everyone get off with their belongings so it was a real pain for everyone.
If this man had only come prepared instead of adding to the problem, he wouldn’t have been escorted out of an airport he had no intention of visiting. I wouldn’t be surprised if SWA bans him for life.
I fly regularly with my kids and for the first time, my three-year-old daughter started crying on our Newark to Los Angeles flight a few days ago. Our flight had been delayed by two and a half hours so our long travel day became even longer. When she started crying mid-flight, out of nowhere, sounding like a newborn, my wife and I panicked. We had no idea what was going on. We first felt terrible for her because something was wrong but we also felt bad for all the passengers around us since many were sleeping.
My wife couldn’t console her so I took her and bounced her gently on my shoulder, whispering, “It’s okay, it’s okay.” I asked her if her ears hurt but she said no. We think it’s because she was overly tired from the long day of travel and she had been sick a few days before. Or maybe she was having a nightmare and waking up in an unfamiliar setting scared her. Fortunately, after five to 10 minutes, she fell back to sleep but I can’t imagine how the parents of the screaming child felt when a fellow passenger started screaming at them. I understand the frustration when parents do nothing to try to settle their children down but most parents are doing everything they can and a little compassion can go a long way. You can’t exactly reason with a baby.
Surprisingly, the top comments on the video were mixed. Some people actually thought this guy was a hero.
Here are some of the comments:
I love this guy they need to give him a yr worth of free flying made my day….. NO-F giving 😂😂😂😂😂 you are yelling SO IS THE BABY 😂😂
He speaks on behalf of many many many of us who are not commenting here today. Especially when parents try NOTHING to quiet down their baby.
People this irrational need to be banned for life from every airline.
Put him on the no fly list. These disruptions are getting out of control.
As a woman named Cyrina commented, “if a person has that big of a problem with a crying baby they should have rented a car and drove, took bus or train.” Or fly private.
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A simple fix for parents whose child is crying because of ear pressure pain. As adults, we understand what’s happening and how to balance ear pressure. Little kids don’t. The fix? Smarties, yes the little semi-sour candy. When kids suck on them it relieves ear pressure and because it’s all powdered sugar if swallowed body heat melts them before a child can choke.