Grabby Brat Spoils Passenger’s Sleep

August 29, 2014

in Baby & Kid Stories

This was two years ago on Virgin Atlantic from Chicago to Heathrow. I was up all night the day before because I had several work projects I had to finish, and because I wanted to make sure I’d be exhausted and tired enough to fall asleep on the flight.

When I board, it’s a full flight and I have the aisle seat towards the back. At the bulkhead is a mother and a 5-7 year old child. As soon as we start taxiing away from the gate, he randomly starts screaming. Not crying, but just a high pitched migraine inducing yell.

This continued the entire flight. I tried to ignore it by watching something on the TV, but it was broken. So I’m listening to my iPod on full blast before I finally drift off to sleep.

It couldn’t have been 15 minutes later before I’m jolted away by this brat yanking on my headphones and pulling the cord out (these were the Bose noise cancelling ones; you can remove the cord that goes to your iPod) and trying to take it. I glare at him and he’s giggling. His mother is standing beside him (I think she was taking him to the bathroom) and says “Sorry” with a big smile on her face. I told the kid these headphones weren’t his and he started screaming bloody murder again while the mother’s smile disappeared, and she started yelling at me in a foreign language.

It took everything in my body to not scream at both of these jokers, but I put my headphones back on and the FA told them to go back to their seat. I didn’t sleep the rest of the flight and had to endure another 6 hours of random screaming from that brat.

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Anonymous August 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm

More details – I’m already loathing the mother – let me loathe her more!

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Hemi September 5, 2014 at 11:20 am

I'm a parent, so I know that flying with kids can be difficult and sometimes, no matter what you do, you just can't get them to be quiet. But… allowing them to pull and grab at another person's headphones/iPod, etc, and then getting angry at that person is ridiculous. That's when it's time to actually parent your child and stop them from messing with others' personal items, and apologize, if appropriate.

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Matt June 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I heard they offer children less flights. next time I'm taking on of those!

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