Two Kids Kicking Seats Stories

November 1, 2009

in Seat Stories

On a recent flight from NYC to LA I sat in front of two children ages I would guess at 7 and 8. About half way they started acting up and I was waiting for their parents to settle them down. It didn’t come, so I put up with it for a little while longer until one of the kids kicked my back seat. So I turned around and yelled at the kids and then asked them where there parents were since I didn’t see one beside them. I looked behind them to see their mother. I told here so everyone could here, “The next time you have to travel with your kids, TAKE THE BUS where you belong!! I didn’t here another word the rest of the flight.


My 10 year old nephew and I not been seated 5 minutes on our flight from Orlando to Dulles when he comments that the child behind him is kicking the seat. I assured him the kicking would probably stop once we departed. Apparently it didn’t, because 30 minutes later in a bit of an exasperated tone, my nephew complained once again about the kicking. It turns out the kicking had been going on for the entire 30 minutes with my nephew silently sucking it up.

I got up to go to the restroom so I could survey the situation and this 6 or 7 year old boy has his feet flat up against my nephew’s seat with dad in the adjacent seat just watching the kid kick. I sat down, reclined my seat to give me a window to this little heathen, got eye contact, and firmly said, “Stop kicking the seat!”

Problem solved.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

anon November 2, 2009 at 3:10 am

You handled the second situation much better than the first. You should not have made that comment about taking the bus: you actually expect someone who can afford tickets from NYC to LA to take a BUS??? How many days would that take to reach their destination? I don't know, but think about this: the kids didn't start annoying you until halfway through the flight. That's pretty decent, I think.


david November 2, 2009 at 5:56 am

anon, unless you realize, taking a bus can be just as expensive cross country, and it takes a whole lot longer, it just wouldnt make any sense


pepe November 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

What's wrong with just asking nicely with a smile to please stop kicking.


jon February 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Last time I asked a mother to please not let her child kick my seat, she yelled at me and told me that if I didn't want my seat kicked, that I should have purchased a first class ticket.


D-Money November 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

If more people took the bus on a daily basis, they'd get used to sitting next to someone that is fat, or stinks, or has some other odious personal habit.

Sitting next to the smelly alcoholic (with 60-proof sweat) on a long flight won't seem nearly as bad once you've had to sit next to his equally smelly/chatty brother every day for the hour-long bus ride to work.


Shan October 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm



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