Little Angel’s Meltdown

March 14, 2010

in Baby & Kid Stories

My worst kid-on-a-plane experience was with my own child. We (mom, dad, an 8-year-old and a 2-year-old) had just taken off from DFW on our last leg of a 6-flight trip when the meltdown began. It ended when the plane landed 2 hours later in Arizona. My 2-year-old cried, screamed, kicked, and threw things. The usual. But here’s what nobody on that plane knew: she had been an angel on the first five trips from Arizona to the Virgin islands and back. Through brutal tropical storms, through delays after landings, through diaper changes (in the lavatory, of course!) she was absolutely a joy.

I love my kids and I love the children of others. I fly on business 20 trips a year. It’s only a plane ride, so get over it. If you can tell anyone about the “worst flight ever” it must have landed wheels-down, so move on and complain about something important.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim March 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

You are a very inconsiderate person. Why would you ever subject your child to such a long trip? And, why would you have the audacity to subject the rest of the paying passengers to the bad behavior of your children?

It is a plane ride where we are trapped for endless hours with someone elses children that they cannot control. So, you get over it. If you cannot control your child, do not fly. Your chose to have children. You chose to fly with your children. They are your responsibility. Do not make them mine, or my responsibility. This is the typical entitlement attitude of a welfare mother.,..expect the world to accomodate and make concessions for your choice to have children.


Lon March 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

I love how you tell the rest of us to "move on and complain about something important". How easily you dismiss the distress your child caused other people. I notice that nowhere in your write-up did you mention taking efforts to calm and quiet the child. Goes to show that selfish brats breed more selfish brats.


rerere March 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Next time, wait till they're older. Get a life. And, while I'm at it, go to parenting school to raise those spoiled brats of yours.


Aaron March 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Rationalization is an amazing thing!


Tracy March 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I have 2 children 12 and 18 months and am a military brat so I flew a lot as a child as well. I would never subject my younger child to a flight of that length. You should have split it up and gotten a room at an airport hotel for the night partway through the trip. That way all of you could have had some rest and maybe your 2 year old would have been an angel for all the flights. My parents always did that with me and my brother whenever we had to take a long flight and would sometime stop overnight twice if it was a particularly long trip. Yes, it makes it take longer but in the end everyone is happier and in a better mood when you arrive at your destination.


Demotage March 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

So what you are saying is that it was not a bad flight unless you die?

Shut down the site Gregg! Dead people apparently are the only ones with interesting stories and they don't know how to use the internets


Tux November 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

WIN. +100 points.


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