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Posted 2/13/15 , edited 2/13/15
This is one of the biggest things that bug me. I can understand flying somewhere, but if you know your kid cant sit there for how ever long the flight is, then don't bring them on. It's that simple. Also it is rude to everyone else on the plane, who has to sit there and listen to them. No one wants to pay hundred of dollars to hear your brat screaming because he didn't get his way.


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Ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones seems a more practical solution than drugging, and it doesn't require the construction of a separate section for the plane. Room's already tight enough as it is. Alternatively, you could just take your private jet.
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"sound proof" means "air tight" and a flight can take a long time.


cloudff800 wrote:
if you know your kid cant sit the for how ever long the flight is, then don't bring them on. It's that simple.


Just hire one of those 24 hour baby sitters for a week or so.
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I've flown a lot, and I've had a few of those kinds of kids on my flights. But honestly, it doesn't really bother me. Kids lash out, and then they get tired and fall asleep. Or their ears can't pop and it's hurting them and the parents are trying to calm them down. I've given them gum (after asking the parents if its ok) to help them with it. I've even seen flight attendants give the kids extra cookies or something to keep them down. really, it's everywhere and it's part of life in my opinion. It seems, however, more difficult than travelling with a cat. Cats can be drugged with calming treats and collars, and it's annoying when they meow at you when you're trying to sleep -.-


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You know what I have been subjected to relentlessly for hours? Belligerent drunks, morbidly obese people, obscenely bad BO, and even worse perfume. At least with a fussy child I know that it will be over in 10-15 minutes and only happen a couple times during a flight. Compared to some of the adults you have to deal with, the children are a treat.


Omg, this is much worse than kids!! Drunk people, or that person who won't shut up for the entire flight. I've had those before, and it is absolutely ridiculous. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY DRINK MORE ON THE PLANE AND THEY START PUKING BECAUSE THEY DRANK TOO MUCH!!! I would rather deal with a sober person/kid who is having motion sickness than a drunk person. Bleh.
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All of the people defending those children and parents lack an understanding of just how painful it was to be subjected to screaming in an enclosed space for 8 hours. The problem was the insane length and tenacity of the screaming, I made a point to relate the fact that there was a normal crying baby on the flight there who I was not bothered by. It was the abnormally long screaming tantrums that drove me to the brink, and I'm dead fucking serious that they screamed for nearly the entire 9 hour flight. I will never be able to forgive or understand such callousness to other people. The stewardess was able to get the kids to quiet down, but only if she knelt by their seats and talked with them and she couldn't do that the entire flight, so for most of the flight they screamed - not from being in pain, just because they weren't getting their way. I've been around kids enough to be able to tell the difference between crying from actual pain, and crying because of unhappiness and these kids were throwing tantrums because they were unhappy.

On another note, I will never fly again without earplugs and/or noise cancelling headphones. It was a very painful lesson that I will not forget.
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I know that there are some truly inept parents out there. I shudder to think how awful those kids' home lives are.

You truly have my sympathy, having to be subjected to that is hell.

But just think, there is no way Karma would let that happen to you again. So you've earned yourself a lifetime of peaceful flights.
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jutsuri wrote:

On another note, I will never fly again without earplugs and/or noise cancelling headphones. It was a very painful lesson that I will not forget.


See? Problem solved. If worse comes to absolute worst get a set of soundproofed earmuffs from a sports shop. Those kids can't scream more loudly than a shotgun blast.
Posted 2/13/15 , edited 2/13/15
Oh the nightmare, some parents really don't care to teach discipline. When something like that happens I usually look with disdain at the parents and not at the child.

I babysit 3 little boys. Two 3 year old twins and one four year old. This is harder for me than for a parent because I have to be very careful with my words or actions. However, thanks to these kids, I have learned a little bit about their behavior.

I found out that the best way to control them is by simply talking to them. Ask them a question (favorite movie, favorite food etc) make them laugh...distract them from the task they were doing, and then hug them and kiss them. (that last step works for me because they are the sweetest kids! they love to show and receive affection). Never yell or lose control. kids at that age are learning and copying everything they see so if you yell or lose control they will do the same, they also get distressed very easily and have a lot of energy. The best way is to look at them directly in their eyes and speak firmly without yelling, also show a lot of love and have a lot of patience.
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PapaNeko wrote:

I know that there are some truly inept parents out there. I shudder to think how awful those kids' home lives are.

You truly have my sympathy, having to be subjected to that is hell.

But just think, there is no way Karma would let that happen to you again. So you've earned yourself a lifetime of peaceful flights.


I very much appreciate your reasonableness, and thank you for your understanding.

I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad child, only bad parents. Those parents never once looked their kids in the eye and talked with them, and I am convinced that is the reason they repeatedly threw tantrums. It was obviously a pattern of behavior that they were used to engaging in, I'm frankly amazed that they didn't go hoarse from all that screaming. I've lost my voice after only a fraction of that kind of screaming at football games, those kids must have callouses on their vocal cords because they are so used to throwing tantrums.

Honestly, with a bit of time to recover from the trauma I'm beginning to feel sorry for them too. I can only imagine what the rest of their lives will be like if that is the only coping mechanism they have been taught.
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Tag-teaming? The way you describe it? It was likely a game, instead of a tantrum. To alleviate the boredom. I assume the parents didn't bring or think of something that could keep them preoccupied for long, if anything at all. Moral of the story; bored kids are little shits. lol No, I'm not a parent. I'm going by my own experience as a former child.

As for the baby; I empathize with it.

Either way; earplugs are a good thing.
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I'm actually rather surprised given how many people it ticks off, just how little has been done to do anything to reduce it. Being stuck in one place with screaming and crying children is one thing many people don't want to be subjected to, it doesn't seem right to tell them 'Well if you don't want to deal with it you can't go abroad'. I don't know, you'd think some steps would've been taken to resolve the problem given how many decades we've had planes for now. Years and years and no-one has ever tried to apply a solution.
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I'll just leave this here.


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Sound proof room seems actually pretty awesome. :l That's a good budget solution. And for the parents who actually give a sh*t that they're inconveniencing other passengers, it saves them their embarrassment.
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A bit of this is because of the parents not planning ahead to deal with problems that may happen both my nieces are well adjust and can be easily entertained when traveling. But if I was stuck on screaming child airline I would do the following first ask the flight attend to intervene failing that introduce myself to the nice child after all who isn't terrified of a 300 plus pound man with a shaved head and goattee asking you to politely knock it the hell off. I have no problem telling a kid to stuff it if the parent isn't doing the job or is having problems doing the job. I don't mind playing ogre after all I look like one somewhat.
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BlueOni wrote:

See? Problem solved. If worse comes to absolute worst get a set of soundproofed earmuffs from a sports shop. Those kids can't scream more loudly than a shotgun blast.
Earmuffs might be a little over the top. Duct tape costs only 3 dollars
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