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    Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

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    I for one absolutely cannot stand unruly kids (or any unruly passengers for that matter) on planes. I completely support Southwest's decision to dump them off the plane in Phoenix, hell I would have been tempted to lock them in the lavatory if the little terds couldn't behave themselves! When I was a kid I didn't dare get out of line for I was always threatened that it would be off to military school. I swear I would pay atleast $200 extra for child free flights, I've even flown in first class before with rude kids in it. I guess your just not safe from obnoxious behavior anywhere on a plane anymore. I know that child free flights will probably never exist but the airlines should really consider limiting children to the last five rows of the plane that way those of us who would like to enjoy the flight can sit up front away from the rude kids and the rude parents who don't control their kids. I swear, this is the reason why I had a vasectomy as soon as I turned 18. It took a few trys to find a doctor who would approve it at such a young age, but I wanted to make damn sure I would never be burdened by children. I bet I have added atleast ten years to my life without all the worry and heartache that kids bring into your lives. Give me a fish any day.

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    It's always a huge debate--kids on planes. Yes, I admit I'm one of those passengers who gives that death stare to the family with a newborn baby or an infant who boards the plane and sits in a row close to me. One of the reasons I fly Delta is so that I can guarantee I get an exit row (I'm Medallion) so I won't sit next to a baby. However on several occassions they put babies in rows right behind or in front of exit rows. They should change this to provide people with an available cushion.

    When I was a newborn baby or an infant my parents did not travel. Simple. It's way too much stress on the poor baby and the parents. When I was that age my parents simply didn't fly to go on a vacation, or if they needed to attend an important family event or something I stayed with relatives. Why is it necessary to take a newborn across the country? It was only when I was old enough (at least 3) that my parents flew with me. Same goes with dining in restaurants, but that's a separate story. When I was a little tike and I did fly, I was well-behaved. If I misbehaved or fidgeted I was disciplined appropriately and no problems occurred.

    My thoughts:
    -If its a newborn screaming baby its not the baby's fault. I should hope the baby's parents are only traveling with the kid for an extreme emergency or something along those lines--not to fly across the country to visit Cousin Ed. Let cousin Ed fly to visit you
    -If its a toddler and they scream, shout, misbehave, or the like the blame is on the parents for not properly disciplining their kid.
    -Older kids should know right and wrong and how to properly behave so blame the kids as well as the parents.
    -Unfortunately I have flown with adults who have behaved FAR WORSE than the worst kid imaginable so let's not just make this a witch hunt against the kids!

    I say they should "cushion" the 3 rows in front of and in back of the exit row for no kids under 4 to ensure some sort of peace and quiet...
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    Not to make excuses but one of the kids was autistic and the other had cerebral palsy. That cant be easy even in your home especially the autistic child. I know people with autistic children and it is incredibly challenging to raise that child. Maybe the parents should have notified the
    airlines/flight crew before boarding and something could have been arranged to make the flight go smoothly.
    Jordan, enjoy your fish. Yeah kids can be (are, LOL) are pain in the ass. I know I was with my parents. But the love one experiences between a
    child and a parent is something very special and wonderful. Sorry you feel the way you do.
    Imagine if your father felt that way?

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    I have flown with my kids and never had a problem with them. It was NEVER easy and when I hear comments like Gerrards, I am glad I am not alone in feeling the way I do. As for the anti child flyers club posting here, if your views were normal, there would be airlines trying to ban children as a premium cost alternitive. Nobody likes a screaming child, but to say a child can not fly? hmmmm
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    The "pregnant sister" character looks like a hardcore meth addict, I wouldn't be surprised if she were the root of the problem. Also "Bobby Tucker, Grandmother." Wow. I feel bad for the kids, but I can imagine being anywhere near these loony toons would be hell for anyone.
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    First off the entire cabin crew should be fired over this. Honestly it shows the lack of education it takes to be an FA. These children were mentally handicap and HAVE NO control over their behavior. Autistic children and CB patients have very little mental understanding of situations. Autistic children in particular get very nervous in environments they are not use to, so this isn't abnormal at all for them to be restless and IN NO way were they jeopardizing the safety of any other passenger, that is simply BS. I truly hope WN gets sued for this.

    Now to address a thought...

    -If its an infant, toddler and they scream, shout, misbehave, or the like the blame is on the parents for not properly disciplining their kid.
    Let me first say this…if you were in-front of me right now I’d laugh in your face.

    May I ask how do you discipline an infant?? Slap them perhaps? Cover their face so they stop crying? Hell they’ll stop breathing then!, that will solve the problem! That's called child abuse. An infant or toddler cannot logically reason right and wrong behavior in public settings, that part of their mind hasn’t developed yet. The main reason why most children cry during a flight is because of the pressure to their ears. Infants and toddlers are far more prone to pressure changes that can cause discomfort vs adults. That discomfort is more ampliefided in young children then it is in adults. Let me put your head in a vice grip…tell me if it hurts….

    I know that child free flights will probably never exist but the airlines should really consider limiting children to the last five rows of the plane that way those of us who would like to enjoy the flight can sit up front away from the rude kids and the rude parents who don't control their kids.
    You know while we’re at it let’s put Blacks, Hispanics, Mentally retarded, Robed Muslims, Hasidic Jews, Fat people, Gay couples, and any group that bothers someone else to the back of the plane. That way you can enjoy your flight….

    Here’s an idea…instead of “gladly spending $200 bucks more for a child free flight.” Go buy yourself a pair of BOSE’s QC2 or QC3 Noise canceling headphones, I have the QC2s and they do a very nice job at cutting out having to hear morons sitting around me.

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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bird76
    First off the entire cabin crew should be fired over this. Honestly it shows the lack of education it takes to be an FA. These children were mentally handicap and HAVE NO control over their behavior. Autistic children and CB patients have very little mental understanding of situations. Autistic children in particular get very nervous in environments they are not use to, so this isn't abnormal at all for them to be restless and IN NO way were they jeopardizing the safety of any other passenger, that is simply BS. I truly hope WN gets sued for this.
    If it was just the children who were out of line, then yes, WN overreacted. But something tells me the adults involved were probably not much better than the kids.
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem.
    All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control.
    I trust you are not in too much distress. —Captain Eric Moody, British Airways Flight 9

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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by GothamSpotter
    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bird76
    First off the entire cabin crew should be fired over this. Honestly it shows the lack of education it takes to be an FA. These children were mentally handicap and HAVE NO control over their behavior. Autistic children and CB patients have very little mental understanding of situations. Autistic children in particular get very nervous in environments they are not use to, so this isn't abnormal at all for them to be restless and IN NO way were they jeopardizing the safety of any other passenger, that is simply BS. I truly hope WN gets sued for this.
    If it was just the children who were out of line, then yes, WN overreacted. But something tells me the adults involved were probably not much better than the kids.
    WN's kicked ppl off for the dam shirts they wear. How come we don't hear this happening with other airlines? WN IMO is very overzelous with its cabin procedures.

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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bird76
    WN's kicked ppl off for the dam shirts they wear. How come we don't hear this happening with other airlines? WN IMO is very overzelous with its cabin procedures.
    All this coming from a man who once loved SWA. :lol: Tommy, what you have to remember, is that people who fly on other carriers are not of the same clientel as those who fly on SWA. Where SWA can sell seats at $49 that most people can afford, the other carriers are charging 2-3 times that for economy tickets. Most of your low income travellers are not flying on those carriers, they take Southwest, and unfortunately, the stereotype fits in this scenario.

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    >Here’s an idea…instead of “gladly spending $200 bucks more for a child free flight.” Go buy yourself a pair of BOSE’s QC2 or QC3 Noise canceling headphones, I have the QC2s and they do a very nice job at cutting out having to hear morons sitting around me.[/quote]<

    Absolutely. I crank my ipod up with some good hard rock/metal tunes or sit back and enjoy a good movie on my portable DVD player.
    BTW I've encountered more idiots daily on my LIRR commute than I ever had while flying.

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    The "pregnant sister" character looks like a hardcore meth addict, I wouldn't be surprised if she were the root of the problem. Also "Bobby Tucker, Grandmother." Wow. I feel bad for the kids, but I can imagine being anywhere near these loony toons would be hell for anyone.
    LOL gotta agree with this that the adults did look REAL shaky!! They said it was the kids first plane ride, I wonder if it was theirs also?

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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard
    BTW I've encountered more idiots daily on my LIRR commute than I ever had while flying.
    Amen. Substitute LIRR with Q Train on the subway.
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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    My son, who is now 4 years old, has been on more trips on aircraft than a great deal of adults, and this includes 19 hours trips to and from South Africa. He, and a great deal of children that have been flying when I have been flying have in general been a whole lot better behaved and quieter than a lot of the adults that I have encountered - drinking in great excess, calling cabin and flight crew names that I cringe at my son hearing and asking what they mean, people generally feeling that they are owed everything for free and lots and lots of other cases.

    If you have children - you prepare a little better - take their books and a whole lot of entertainment for them on the plane.

    As for obnoxious people - they are in every day life as well - I remember when my son was about 2, we went to TGI Fridays and while he was in his high chair playing very quietly. The hostess came to seat another couple and when the guy saw my son, his comment was "Can we have another, I don't want to sit next to some loud kid". The hostess duly showed them to another table, at which point my wife said in a loud voice "Thank you - he probably didn't want to listen to you either". His wife was embarrassed - he didn't say another word.

    So - before people start jumping all over children for being loud and messing up their flight, consider sometimes what us parents who have children that we do control have to put up with. We'll gladly accept moving their loud attitude to the 5 back rows of the flight as well!
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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by lijk604
    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bird76
    WN's kicked ppl off for the dam shirts they wear. How come we don't hear this happening with other airlines? WN IMO is very overzelous with its cabin procedures.
    All this coming from a man who once loved SWA. :lol: Tommy, what you have to remember, is that people who fly on other carriers are not of the same clientel as those who fly on SWA. Where SWA can sell seats at $49 that most people can afford, the other carriers are charging 2-3 times that for economy tickets. Most of your low income travellers are not flying on those carriers, they take Southwest, and unfortunately, the stereotype fits in this scenario.
    John the stereotype of the client that flys WN is totally without merit. There's no proof more lower income travelers fly WN over AA, DL, CO or US. WN is not the cheapest in ever market and often times their prices are higher. Lately I've found AA's prices to be marginally lower then WN's prices.

    If you want to see some interesting passengers go to the AA terminal about 6 am and look at what's getting on those planes to the south. Far worse then anything WN has flying with them.

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    Re: Unruly Family Booted From Southwest Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan Howell
    When I was a kid I didn't dare get out of line for I was always threatened that it would be off to military school. .... I've even flown in first class before with rude kids in it. ..I swear, this is the reason why I had a vasectomy as soon as I turned 18.
    -Well, perhaps threats to military school can explain some the happy memories you have regarding childhood and your wanting to avoid kids.
    -First class is a large seat and more space. It does not mean people with class sit there.
    -Less than a dozen posts here and I know of your vasectomy? Too much information. Welcome to the site but perhaps a bit of discretion is warranted?

    Quote Originally Posted by RDU-JFK
    My thoughts:
    -If its a newborn screaming baby its not the baby's fault. I should hope the baby's parents are only traveling with the kid for an extreme emergency or something along those lines--not to fly across the country to visit Cousin Ed. Let cousin Ed fly to visit you
    -If its a toddler and they scream, shout, misbehave, or the like the blame is on the parents for not properly disciplining their kid.
    -Unfortunately I have flown with adults who have behaved FAR WORSE than the worst kid imaginable so let's not just make this a witch hunt against the kids!
    I do have to say it IS stressful to a degree. On a recent 4 hour trip with our 16 month old, I was carrying more gear through that airport than most soldiers heading overseas!

    However my mindset is a bit different. We still dine at steakhouses and nice restaurants but choose to eat 430ish, when its still quiet. It allows us to teach him how to interact with others, how to behave but at a time when the restaurants are not super busy.

    Likewise, we've staged our son's flights so far b/c we want him to be a seasoned flier. His first flight at 4 months was 3 hours; At 6 months, 1 hour; at 16 months, 4 hrs. Again, a child needs to learn behavior in the element. Just my opinion. However, I am also an extremely considerate person and make sure we are prepared and our seated neighbors are not bothered. On the last flights, he cried a total of 5 minutes per flight and the pax around us went out of their way to tell us how good a kid he was. Dont get much better than that.

    Here's a thought: its not the kids. Its the parents, the growing culture of inconsiderate behavior and the faster growing culture of "things owed me"

    Parents need to learn to discipline and teach consideration. And no one owes you squat regardless of what you paid for the ticket.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard
    Yeah kids can be (are, LOL) are pain in the ass. I know I was with my parents. But the love one experiences between a
    child and a parent is something very special and wonderful. Sorry you feel the way you do.
    Imagine if your father felt that way?
    Gerard, I could not agree there more.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkLawrence
    , at which point my wife said in a loud voice "Thank you - he probably didn't want to listen to you either". His wife was embarrassed - he didn't say another word.
    Tell your wife I have stored that line for future use! Priceless!


    Tom, to defend RDU to a degree, if my TODDLER was screaming shouting or misbehaving, a slap on the behind is fine by me. BUT, and thats a big BUT, I'm trying to raise this guy right so he's not screaming/shouting or misbehaving. A kid like that is misbehaved right from the start and the only thing changed in that situation is the venue he's allowed to portray his parent's crap job of training.

    An infant cries out of pain or simple want. They cry for basics (eat, poop, sleep) and if cranky. Cabin pressure can cause a kid to fuss but even that we learned how to avoid. RDU, you cannot discipline that. A good parent will get up, rock, walk, hold the baby, do what they can to get baby back on track.


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    Jordan, be sure to say hello should you see us onboard. Some kids are pretty good.
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