Kids Perturb Passenger

April 24, 2010

in Baby & Kid Stories

I was moving back from France to Canada. I was moving home with my two children, ages seven and four. I was exhausted, it had been a long day and the kids did not sleep the whole flight. My son decided to repeatedly play with the shade of the guy’s window behind me. On top of it, the last two hours of the flight, he decided that he wanted to get off. I put both kids side by side hoping that they would play together. Well was I wrong. There was this old man in front of us who kept looking back with those eyes that he wanted those kids to be quiet. So after almost an eight hour flight we got off the plane to re-load again right after to head to Montreal.

As soon as I looked up, who do I see, the same man situated in the same seat in front of us again across the aisle. My kids started to act up again. Right away the man goes in French, “oh here we go again.” By this time I was exhausted and so I could not take anymore of this grumpy old man, so I stood up and asked him if he had something to say. He said “no, no nothing.” So I looked at him almost crying and said “if you are not happy being on this plane, then next time take a “BOAT!” When I went to sit down, you could hear a pin drop in the plane and everybody was looking at me including the flight attendants. I just kind of looked at everybody with this stupid smile and sat down. What a flight!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura April 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

Or you could, you know, take the freaking boat yourself, where your kids will have more room to move around, more play options, and are less likely to annoy the crap out of other passengers.


TheBigM April 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

Learn how to control your kids. They can be well behaved if you bring them up correctly.

As Laura said, YOU take the boat next time.


Matthew April 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

Respect to the old man… I would put you and your kids in the hand luggage lockers after your kids annoyed me for 8 hours and you have the balls to tell me to take a boat…


Karl April 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

You are not fit to have children since you are not capable to teach them manners nor rear them. Anyone who has to endure those unruly and unsupervised brads for 8 hours has a right to say something. You are also very rude, selfish with no respect for others. Calling this older gentlemen "Grumpy old man" You can be glade it wasn't me because I would give you a piece of my mind. I suggest you take a FED EX plane next time and sit with those kids of yours on some crates and when they get bored they can gnaw on the wood with those braced choppers..


Laura April 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Matthew April 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

+eleventy 🙂

Well said!!


Clare April 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

If you can't control your kids, maybe you should be the one to take a boat. I realize kids get bored on long flights, but that's why you bring alone items to keep them occupied.


King Herod April 25, 2010 at 5:15 am

Next time, tranq your kids up with Benadryl, so that they don't disturb the other passengers.

If "I" were the old man, I would have offered them benadryl flavored candy to get them to shut up and behave.


ps April 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

Wow, calling out an old guy that wanted peace and quiet. You're likely think you're a real manly man. But what you are is a pathetic nimrod.


Hugh April 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Look, I know that sometimes kids act up despite ones best efforts. I won't comment on you as a parent, but acting as you did towards that man was WAY off base. As frustrated and exhausted as YOU were with your kids, he had it worse….they weren't his. Calling him out as you did turned any sympathy I had for you around. You may be the world's best parent, and this was just "one of those times", but due to your treatment of that man, I call you out on being a rude, boorish, selfish pig.


Lowbrow April 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I think your kids are deserving of a retrospective abortion if you can't shut them up…


The logger April 26, 2010 at 6:49 am

You are the moron.

Flying is bad enough without having to put up with someone elses out of control kids.

Here's an idea. Shut up and get your tubes tied, before you give birth to any more monkey children


Hugh April 26, 2010 at 7:48 am

I think you mean retroactive, not retrospective, genius. try learning the language before slamming someone you fucktard!


eyeroller April 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

First off, nothing in the “story” indicates gender. I’m not sure if it’s a man or woman. Secondly, I think its all b.s. to get you guys going. Looks like it worked. Man you guys are ruthless and childish.


Tam April 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

Lady, you need to check yourself. You can't control YOUR kids and yet are annoyed that someone paying, who knows how many hundreds of their hard earned dollars to travel, wants to travel in peace? Ok, kids will be kids but come on, REPEATEDLY playing with his shade??? You did nothing to stop this? Maybe you should be on a boat and the kids should be elsewhere.


rerere April 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

What a bitch.


Applekornkid April 27, 2010 at 4:01 am

And the douche of the month award goes too…..


Su N April 28, 2010 at 11:20 am

What a bunch of extremely rude people. Apparently they were never children and they have never been happy in their lives. I personally would tell all the people who complain about children to grow up themselves and yes, take a boat. Winers. Thanks for the story, maybe I'll ge the chance to tell off a few of these complainers on here – it will be my pleasure.


Su N April 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I also smell bad, and have no life.


Adam April 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Just another parents that would rather defend their kids bad behavior that they are unwilling to control rather than to take responsibility. Should have given them a spanking.


jim April 29, 2010 at 6:30 am

You admit your kids were acting up. You could not control them, and you are the parent. So, you get upset at someone else for finding your kids annoying?

What type of welfare mother are you? It is not the world's responsibility to accomodate your choice in life to have children, or your choice to fly with children you cannot properly parent.

Sounds to me, you are a bit overwhelmed and unable to be a good parent…so, are defensive in order to mask your own inabilities, and knowledge of such.


Beast the Mutant Mau June 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Su N people like you are the reason planes crash and ship simk. Your stink makes them die.


bobbert June 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

why is every calling the kids brats? sure they're annoyng but anone that age after a full day of travelling is going to be bored. you probably weren't any different at that age so don't tell her she doesn't deserve to have kids.


Jim June 19, 2010 at 4:08 am

But,our parents were considerate enough of others, not to travel with us, at that age…or take us to nice restaurants…or, any other of a host of things people with unruly children should not do.

If your child cannot properly behave, they should not be put in adult situations, where it is only polite to be quiet and not bother others.

So, it's really about the parents, not being good parents….and being so selfish, as to travel with their unruly children…most often not out of need, but out of their own selfishness to "get away", etc…

So, they subject their kids to circumstances, they should not be subjected to, (flying for many hours in a cramped, closed up space like an airplane)…and, they subject innocent folks around them to their unruly kids tantrums….very, very selfish of the parents to do this.


Rich October 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

Flying is NOT an "adult situation". And what would you suggest doing? It's not like you can leave. Yes she was off base to yell at the man, but he was off base a bit too. It is obvious that most of the responders at not parents. Could she have done more with the kids? Perhaps, but the man could have turned around and talked "politely" to the the boys and told them he would appreciated if they could quite down. I have found that often a child will listen to a stranger because they don't know how to push your buttons like with Mom and Dad


Amber May 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

So this parent should have been considerate enough to leave the children in France and simply move away without them? They were MOVING overseas, there was no option of simply leaving the kids at home with a sitter since their home was in process of changing. The OP was off base to go off on the grumpy old man, not arguing that what she did was right, but he was also wrong to make rude comments. You have an issue with a child, you politely talk to the parents and request they get the kids under control, you don't make rude passive aggressive comments and leave it at that. Grow a pair and speak to the parents. If the parents are rude when you politely ask them to handle their children then you speak to a FA, if you can;t do that then you have no business being a whiny shit.


bobbert June 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

i also agree with you for sticking up for your kids


Typical breeders July 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I can't believe all the simple minded troglodytes defending this self centered piece of trash and his/her/its brood of demons. The kids were acting like ccrack monkeys on meth and moomy/duhddy has the nerve to get pissed off and demand that the person theiy're terrorizing take a boat? Eat a big ol bag of dicks and die please.


xxx April 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

what more would you expect from the french?

the only thing worse than the french are french canadians

come to BC in the summer and see what kind of scum makes its way out of quebec to BC.


Gia June 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm

The OP goes on and on about how bad his/her kids were acting and yet didn't appear to do anything to stop their brattiness. Like a lot of passive parents today, they thought putting them next to each other would be the answer. Really? One of them is opening and closing the window in the row in back of them and overall being obnoxious little twits and that's your solution? Hey, I know, how about YOU, parent, try sitting between the two of them and entertaining them with whatever it takes to keep them distracted and if that's not enough serious warnings of a paddling when they get off the plane? Oh, not into spanking? Then how about making sure your offspring loses certain privileges like, no TV, video games, dessert, candy, early to bed for a week? I guess when the man who'd already had several hours of being disturbed could barely conceal his disgust at being trapped yet again near your beloveds, your sense of inferiority as a parent really came to a head. Instead of apologizing for the sprogs, you let into HIM, an innocent passenger. No – how about you taking a boat, you jerk!


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