Fight Onboard My Airplane: Who Was Right? You Decide!

I flew to Toronto yesterday morning on what I thought would be a normal run of the mill flight…however things turned-out to be a bit different than I expected.

First my flight was delayed 2.5 hours (no surprise with American Airlines!) due to the fact that the plane was missing a part. The part had to be FLOWN IN, yes – they actually flew the part in and we had to wait two hours for the flight to arrive with the part and then fifteen minutes to install it.

When we got on the plane the captain indicated this was a brand-new airplane and we were some of the first to fly in it. If that’s the case…why the heck is it missing a part – okay I digress.

About two hours into the flight suddenly the sound of a Children’s television show started blaring through the airplane. Passengers started to look around – it wasn’t coming from the TV’s…what was going on?

The sound was so loud that people began to get-up and look for the source of the noise. I saw a few people wake-up from their sleep dazed and confused trying to figure-out what was happening.

It turns out that a family (Mom, Dad and two young kids) were watching a movie on a portable DVD player. The person sitting in front of them turned around and asked if they could turn the volume down a bit since it was obviously disturbing the plane.

At almost the same time the Stewardess came-by as well since a number of other passengers had complained. The Mom then stands-up and starts screaming at the Stewardess and the passenger.

“If my kids don’t watch a movie they will cry – so which would you rather have, a crying baby or a movie?”

The Stewardess responded by saying – “I notice you have headphones over there…do you think maybe they could put those on?”

The Mom responded by saying, “My kids don’t like to wear headphones so it’s this or crying – you pick!”

Now the passenger chimes in again to which the Mom says, “You Jerk – we switched seats when I got on the plane – I want my seat back – go find another seat.”

The man stood dumbfounded for a second and then picked-up his stuff and began searching for a new seat. He had originally given her his seat so the family could sit together.

I’m not a parent and don’t want to begin to say that I know what it’s like to have kids on an airplane so I can definitely see both sides of this story.

So that’s why I thought I’d reach-out to you – my readers and get your opinion! Should the Mom have tried to get her child to wear headphones or stop crying another way or is it her right to play a movie as loudly as she wants if it helps her kids stop crying?

You be the judge!

{ 16 comments… add one }

  • TeenDomainer March 17, 2010, 11:35 pm

    The mom should have had her children wear headphones. I really dont know anyone who does not wear headphones. Its just rude to everyone on the plane not to.

  • Matt March 17, 2010, 11:37 pm

    Just reading that made me angry!

    I would have gone apeshit at the mom, myself. What’s with people thinking that just because they have children that they’re privileged?

    They should have put the headphones on the kid and apologized to the plane. If the kid didn’t like it, then you say “Listen you little bastard, I’m the parent and this is how it is. Headphones or no movie.”

  • Acro March 17, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Never EVER give up your seat, even if it’s to a smiling blonde who bats her eyelashes at you. Once, I gave up my seat so that a lady would sit next to her husband and ended up sitting next to an old guy for the next 3 hours. Well, the problem was not the old gentleman, but the MUSKY SMELLING DOG that was inside a carrying box under his seat and which he had to be taken out every so often to be petted. After 3 hours of being close to barfing, I asked the stewardess to be moved. Luckily the flight wasn’t full so for the remainder of this trans-Atlantic flight I could breathe.

  • David J Castello March 18, 2010, 12:15 am

    How did this end? On many airlines the family would have escorted off.

  • Dan March 18, 2010, 1:16 am

    to keep them happy and contained, I feed my kids lots sugar.. its like a two hour smorgasbord of candy

  • Michael Bilde March 18, 2010, 1:50 am

    I think this woman was missing a part just like the plane.

  • Rosco March 18, 2010, 2:06 am

    Hey Morgan,

    Funny you bring this up as we had an MP tell some kids to shut up on a domestic flight, which made it on TV news here in N.Z only yesterday.

    This video is a follow up by a local current affair program talking about hot to keep kids quiet on a flight.

    Anyway back to the post, she was out of line! What a snob!

  • tricolorro March 18, 2010, 2:09 am


    It’ not even close.

    It’s up to the parents to control not indulge their kids in public.

    It was an airplane not their living room. Everyone is trapped in a confined space.

    To paraphrase Mr.Spock:
    The consideration for the many outweighs the consideration for… two spoiled kids (and their rotten mom and spineless dad).

    Beam me outta here, Scotty.

    • Morgan March 18, 2010, 7:00 am

      Great comment @tricolorro – as a big Star Trek fan I like the parallel 🙂

  • Kevin Davis March 18, 2010, 3:52 am

    The so called mother has no couth or hometraining.You need to get rich fast so you can lease a jet brother.

  • Kedaar March 18, 2010, 4:08 am

    I liked Kevin’s advice “Morgan, get rich fast” 😉

    • Morgan March 18, 2010, 6:55 am

      Thanks for all the great comments everyone – excellent points made by everyone!

      @David – in the end nothing was done – the Stewardess gave-up and walked-away. It seemed like she wasn’t ready to deal with the situation so decided to flee the scene!!

  • Gordon March 18, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Flying with your kids sucks, but when most people do it they go out of their way to make sure they behave and don’t bother other passengers. It isn’t always possibly to keep them quiet or from kicking the seat ahead of them – but you should do everything you can and this lady was wayyy out of line.

  • Mike March 18, 2010, 4:38 pm

    That is why I drive nowadays. No sense putting up with the BS of flying anymore.

  • Jarred March 19, 2010, 7:51 pm

    Maybe your trip out of Toronto will be better.

    • Morgan March 19, 2010, 10:58 pm

      Thanks @Jarred – I had a great flight back!


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