About two years ago I was on the worst flight of my life. The flight was from Kansas City to Chicago Ohare. Well after everyone had boarded I requested to be moved to a window seat, with an open aisle seat since I’m a bigger guy (the aircraft, a 737, had several open rows). Anyway the folks at American Airlines accommodated this request, and moved me to the exit row, also allowing me some extra leg room.
The plane taxis to the runway and I look around and realize one of the worst nightmares of flying - there were a ton of kids on the plane. Well after take off, once we hit cruising altitude, a kid who is maybe 6 years old is sent to sit in the exit row I’m in, next to his parents. First of all you have to be 16 to sit in an exit row, second of all I normally would not have a problem with this had the kid not immediately and rudely said something that implied my being overweight would cause the plane to crash. I call the flight attendant’s attention to the problem, and they move the kid to the open seat behind me, next to some one else.
About this time in the flight another kid gets up and starts doing the classic how many times can I hit everyone’s seat before I get yelled at. The flight attendants quickly had the sleeping parents get control of the kid. Meanwhile four babies all start crying, the chain reaction of one starts crying, the rest follow. As their parents try to calm them down, the kid behind me starts kicking the back of my seat as hard as he can, and at consistent 2-3 second intervals. I just sucked it up and tried listening to my music, but this hour long flight seemed to last longer than the 18 hours it took to fly from Thailand to Chicago.
The point behind this rant? Control your kids, and keep them near you on the flight. Who lets a six year old (okay he may have been closer to 8 or 9) sit away from his parents on any flight? This flight was a freaking zoo, and me (I was 18 at the time) and my parents both had the same idea to book it off the plane and rush to the car lot the second the doors were opened.