One of the most controversial subjects among frequent flyers is some variant of ‘kids on a plane’. It sometimes comes up in terms of “should kids be allowed to fly business (or first) class?”
My own view is absolutely, and frankly there are plenty of adults who shouldn’t be permitted in business class or economy.
Nonetheless, I’ve been on long overnight flights where all I want is to go to sleep. And where parents were actually sending their child running down the aisle of the aircraft. He screamed while doing so.
And I’ve been on a flight where the crying of kids led to a louder-still fight between the parents over who was responsible.
Most of the time children have been fine. Most of the time, when they aren’t fine parents have done their best. But occasionally — and this is where I draw a line — parents completely check out or even encourage the screaming that impinges on their fellow travelers. And it’s these rogue parents that are the small minority that I take issue with.
Incessant coughing by a passenger on a flight with excitable children aboard distracted a pilot so much he landed without putting the aircraft’s landing wheels down, an air crash report by the Australian Air Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) revealed last week.
…The pilot reported that the three children on board were excited and a little disruptive, and he had kept a close watch on their activities.
No one was injured although the aircraft was damanged.