Fed-Up Mom Starts A Mid-Air Brawl After Fellow Passengers Tell Her To ‘Shut The Baby Up’
A fight broke out mid-flight on Wednesday on an Air China plane bound for Hong Kong. It was over a crying baby. People are so obnoxious about crying babies on planes, I’m surprised something like this hasn’t happened sooner.
A fellow passenger told The Daily Mail that two women were awakened by a crying baby, and told the 27-year-old mother to “shut the baby up.”
Passenger Xiong Wan, 45, said: ‘I was sitting right next to them when they started telling the woman to shut the baby up.
‘She started shouting back at them and before I knew what was happening she leant over the seat and punched one of them.
‘They then started hitting her and all hell broke loose.
‘They were fighting, the baby was now screaming and other passengers were shouting. It was like some bizarre film.’
Seriously? “Shut the baby up?” I’ll never grasp people who actually believe babies come with an off button. I’ve been on many a flight with a crying baby (that wasn’t mine) and I know that it can be terribly disconcerting. I’ve also been on a flight where the crying baby was mine once, and that was way worse. I was beyond stressed about disturbing the other passengers, because everyone knows how much people hate crying babies on planes.
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The sound of a crying baby is stressful. Which is why you should always be armed with headphones if it’s a sound that disturbs you so much that you may be inclined to utter the words, “shut the baby up.” According to the other passenger’s account, it looks like the mom threw the first punch — which is not okay. The pilot threatened to turn the plane around. Just like passengers should be prepared to possibly hear the screams of children, parents traveling with children should prepare themselves for overly irritated fellow passengers. Causing a physical altercation in mid-air is absurd. Also, probably dangerous for your baby — look at that photo.
Babies fly, too. Everyone needs to get a grip and deal with the possibility that there may be crying on a flight. And parents flying with children need to practice extreme patience when dealing with irritated fellow passengers.
(photo: TonyV3112/ Shutterstock)