The recent story about the man who slapped a toddler on a plane has moms buzzing this week about what's appropriate and what's not when it comes to flying with kids.
We took up the issue in this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout. Check out the video after the jump, as four writers from The Stir sound off and reveal the 'worst' things they've done while flying with kids!
Were you as surprised as we were about the moms' comments on our Facebook page? One suggested a Plexiglas-enclosed section on airplanes for kids and their parents -- and a dose of Benadryl for the children! Another said she often wants to slap parents on planes because of the way their kids were behaving. What the what?!
I'm not really sure why there's so much animosity toward children on planes, but I've gotten to see a lot of it while spending much of the past year traveling. Since I was traveling on business, I didn't have my kids with me, so people just assumed, I guess, that I didn't have children. Consequently, I noticed many times that whenever a child let out a shriek or a wail during the boarding process, the passengers around me would often look at each other (and me) and roll their eyes.
This seemed a bit intolerant to me, especially since once the plane took off, 95 percent of the time, the noise of the plane engine covered up any noise a small child might make -- unless you were sitting right next to the child or the child was extremely loud, which was practically never. I can only assume that passengers are intolerant toward children because plane tickets are very expensive, and they feel they deserve a shriek-less flight.
But as a parent, it's definitely a little annoying. I really believe that as long as parents seem to be doing the very best they can to keep their kids quiet and well-behaved, other passengers need to cut them some slack.
What about you? Do you have a problem with kids on planes? And what's the 'worst' thing you've ever done while flying with kids?
Oh, and by the way -- if you enjoy discussing current events from a mom's perspective, take a moment to 'like' our Moms Matter page on Facebook. It's very active over there, and there's always a heated discussion going on about something!