Several days ago I wrote about an open letter from a mom bitter at a passenger who gave her dirty looks over her young child on a Southwest flight.
The topic of kids on planes, especially in premium cabins, is always a controversial one. For sure the man could have kept his consternation to himself, even when the kid became fussy. She could have had more patience and understanding too — or been proactive.
George and Amal Clooney give out their own-branded noise cancelling headhphones when they fly commercial with their kids. Oddly they do this in international first class where noise cancelling headphones are provided. Still it’s the though that counts (and the self-promotion).
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Readers have lots of opinions of whether young kids belong on planes in the first place. If there’s anything close to an official word, though, you’d expect it from the columnist who calls herself Miss Manners. And she declares that “It is public transport: There is nothing prohibitive about who sits in which class except for the cost itself.” Though she does at least “hope[..] that no diapers will be changed outside of the restrooms.”
Surprisingly she doesn’t go into nearly as much depth about what is expected of the parents which seems to me to be all about… manners. For instance don’t let kids draw on seat backs.
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Of course, no matter what you think of this issue, there are passengers whose knowledge of aircraft etiquette is far worse than young children as this note from a flight attendant I saw Friday on Facebook attests:
It seems to me that rank-ordering poor passenger etiquette we have plenty of passengers to shame before getting down the list to parents.