Screaming kids and airplanes: Mayday! Mayday


With people traveling for the Holidays, I thought this was timely.

Parents don’t have a right to get on a jet with unruly children. In fact, they’re stealing from the rest of us.

A little late in making those Thanksgiving flight plans? Wondering how you could possibly afford your ticket — that is, without putting a kidney up for sale on Craigslist? Good news! You can get a free flight home on Southwest plus a $300 travel voucher. Just do what I plan to — get on a Southwest flight in the next few days, and when it’s taking off, shout over and over, "Go, plane, go!" and "I want Daddy! I want Daddy!"
Pamela Root got the free flight and the voucher, plus an apology from Southwest, after her 2-year-old kept screaming those things at the top of his little lungs as their San Jose-bound flight was about to take off. In fact, little Adam reportedly screamed so loudly that the safety announcements couldn’t be heard and the pilot turned the plane back to the gate in Amarillo, Texas, where the two were booted off.
Root was appalled when a flight attendant told her something to the effect of "We just can’t tolerate that [screaming] for two hours," reported the San Jose Mercury News. Root insisted Adam would be "fine once we take off" — which, in my book, means either "He’ll be fine" or "It would be a serious pain in the butt to be stuck in Amarillo another day."

Unbelievably, Root demanded the apology she eventually got from the airline (shame, shame, Southwest) and hit it up for the cost of diapers and the portable crib she says she had to buy for the overnight stay. Even more unbelievably, there’s still no word of any apology from Root to the other passengers.
There is a notion, reflected in numerous blog comments about the incident, that other passengers should "just deal" and "give a kid a break." This notion is wrong. Parents like Root and others who selfishly force the rest of us to pay the cost of their choices in life aren’t just bothering us; they’re stealing from us. Most people don’t see it this way, because what they’re stealing isn’t a thing we can grab on to, like a wallet. They’re stealing our attention, our time and our peace of mind.
More and more, we’re all victims of these many small muggings every day. Our perp doesn’t wear a ski mask or carry a gun; he wears Dockers and shouts into his iPhone in the line behind us at Starbucks, streaming his dull life into our brains, never considering for a moment whether our attention belongs to him. These little acts of social thuggery are inconsequential in and of themselves, but they add up — wearing away at our patience and good nature and making our daily lives feel like one big wrestling smackdown.

Southwest sent the right message in yanking Root and her screaming boy off the plane. Unfortunately, it lacked the corporate courage to stand its ground, probably fearing a public relations nightmare from the Mommy Mafia. Yet, almost every day, I encounter parents who need to get the same message Root initially did. Trust me — should I long to hear screaming children, I’ll zip right past my favorite coffeehouse and go read my morning paper at Chuck E. Cheese.
I know, I know — because I am not a parent I cannot possibly understand how hard it is to keep a child from acting out. Actually, that probably has more to do with the way I was raised — by parents I describe as loving fascists. As a child, I was convinced that I could flap my arms and fly, but the idea that I could ever be loud in a public place that wasn’t a playground simply did not exist for me.

I hear claims that some children are prone to tantrums no matter how exquisitely they are parented. If this describes your child, there’s a solution, and it isn’t plopping him in a crowded metal tube with hundreds of people who can’t escape his screams except by throwing themselves to their deaths at 30,000 feet.
Granted, there sometimes are extenuating circumstances, reasons parents and their little hell-raiser simply must take a plane. Well, actually, there are two: dire family emergency (Granny’s actually dying, not just dying to see the little tyke) and the need for a lifesaving operation for the wee screamer. In all other cases, if there’s any chance a child is still in the feral stage, pop Granny on a flight or gas up the old minivan. It really does come down to this: Your right to bring your screaming child on a plane ends where the rest of our ears begin.

I have been through this way too many times!


Our Governor – Now HE’S got explaining to do!

Just weeks after California first lady Maria Shriver apologized for parking in a red zone. her husband appears to have violated the same law.

The Web site on Monday posted photographs of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger getting into a silver convertible Porsche parked in a red zone.

Red zone violations generally get a $90 citation.  No comment from the Gov.

Last month, Shriver was caught on video parking her Cadillac Escalade in a red zone in Santa Monica.  That tape surfaced after several other videos showed her holding a cell phone while driving, another violation of state law.

I guess the laws only apply to us little people!


And Finally…..

Kangaroo takes on owner and dog

Melbourne AustraliaA kangaroo startled by a man walking his dog, attacked the pair, pinning the pet underwater and slashing the owner in the abdomen.

Chris Rickard, 49, was in stable condition Monday after the attack, which ended when he elbowed the kangaroo in the throat.

Rickard said he was walking his Blue Heeler, Rocky, when they surprised the sleeping kangaroo.  The dog chased the animal into a pond, when the kangaroo turned and pinned it underwater.

Rickard said Rocky was “half-drowned” when he was pulled from the water.  The moral?:  Make sure your Blue Heeler ‘heels’!!!


You may or may not that I’ve made a slight change to my tag line.  No comment for now….

Still with her ball!!  LOL!!

She’s a doll!!!


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6 Responses to Screaming kids and airplanes: Mayday! Mayday

  1. Joe says:

    Kids and travel, Necessity can cause people to have to travel with their kids but it’s a valid point that it’s a good idea to start kids young on manners, because I’ve had to travel so much with mine that’s exactly what I’ve done….and I’m not the one that has to get excorted off the plane LOL! The double standard of government? Would to God it were only things like parking tickets that showed this…sigh. Well, on that pleasant note, I bid you good day and have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. john says:

    I want me tuba to keep me company as I jaount around the country, it can drown out bawling kids, walkie talkie cell phone kids, loud conversations and other obnoxious noises and it will the draw attention of the ticket lady when near red zones and can stuff a roo. Yep everybody needs a tuba to escort selves.

  3. -Grumps- says:

    Poodos to Southwest for not standing they’s ground. … I can just imagine mommy ranting, and carrying on. Ya wonder where the kid gets it?? They should ‘a just give ‘er a voucher for a “rent-a-wreck”, ‘n sent her and her screamin kid on they’s way!!The mere mention of cell phones in public places never fails ta get they little hairs standing on the nape ‘a my neck. That these I-dots seem all to have to yell on account the microphone might not pick up they’s voice three inches from they’s yap!!! In my minds eye, I’ve tossed every cell phone on the planet into the middle ‘a lake Ontario. You should see the size ‘a my very own man-made island!! … With “Excessive Noise” warnings buoyed all about it!!Happy Thanksgiving Bob … Ciao Fer Now

  4. maillady says:

    I absolutely agree wit you, Bob. I don’t fly much, but I don’t like being held hostage. I tend to have less patience these days in stores, too. Shopping at night usually fixes that problem. Bonnie is a pretty baby!

  5. Twila says:

    Hey B & B! Happy T-Day, albeit one day late. Hope you both had a grrreat day!On the note of flying with kids, I whole-heartedly agree. I used to fly (for work) many times a month. Generally my flights were peaceful, but at least once a month, we’d get stuck on a flight with a kid that insisted on being louder than anything else on board! Just made me wanna’ slap the parent(s)! I still say we need to go back to the days of a good lickin’! Whar’s my whippin’ stick!? That old adage, a child should be seen and not heard, is especially true when they’re on a plane, in a store, at a restaurant, or anywhere in public!

  6. coldfragrance says:

    They’re stealing our attention, our time and our peace of is really troublesomewearing away at our patience and good nature and making our daily lives feel like one big wrestling smackdown.

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