Did you hear about this? A couple was traveling with their 3 year old, 1 year old, and the wife’s mom. The wife and her mom sat with the baby in first class while the dad took the 3 year old (and his iPad) into the hinterland of coach. Can you guess what went down? Try.
Act 1: iPad taken away from 3 year old. Crap. That was dad’s ace in the hole. I can relate. Your ace in the hole might be a bag of fruit treats or a pacifier. Was it fair for the airline to require the iPad to be stowed? I don’t know. Do I look like I understand flight navigation? But when that ace in the hole is gone, it’s gone.
Act 2: Major fit.
Act 3: Mom comes from first class to soothe child.
Act 4: Taxi for take off. All parents of young kids are holding their breath.
Act 5: Plane turns around and the family is kicked off because the little boy was laying across his seat with the seat belt up around his neck. Dad’s resentment toward mother-in-law hogging first class increases ten fold. Ineptitude of loser who married her daughter confirmed. And . . . scene.
I’ve traveled with kids. I’ve traveled with crying babies. It’s stressful. I’ve been on flights with bratty kids who are annoying. I’ve seen lots of people with iPhones and iPads not turned off and seat belts not fastened. I guess this was the perfect storm.