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Mom Loses it When Flight Attendant Asks Her To Stop Torturing Other Passengers With Bubble Guppies

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shutterstock_127668155__1411385757_142.196.167.223A mom traveling with her two-year-old daughter became irate when an airline attendant asked her to turn her tablet off. Her daughter will not wear headphones, hence everyone around her had to be subjected to Dora or Bubble Guppies or whatever Mom was using to entertain her kid inflight. Mom truly could not wrap her brain around the difference between using a tablet with and without headphones, argued with the attendant about the rule, and was met by officers when she got off the plane.

Yelling Mom: “The only thing that happened on that plane was that the lady told me that I needed to turn off my tablet, while everyone else got to listen to theirs because my TWO-YEAR-OLD won’t wear headphones.ย That’s all that happened! Nothing else happened! And the lady sitting next to me on the plane told you the same thing, right?”

Officer: “No. You were over-talking her. So we couldn’t ask her.”

Commence another few minutes of freaking out – in which this woman yells at officers repeatedly, telling one of them he has an “attitude.” This is basically the visual definition of white privilege. She then goes on to claim that the officer who is “annoying her” needs to leave the area immediately because he’s making her feel “unsafe” and she is an American citizen with rights.

“I am an American citizen. I have rights, right? This man does not make me feel safe can you please remove him from my presence?”

One of the officers attempts to explain the rules of air travel, the gist basically being that you need to follow orders and not freak out — because if you freak out you will be removed from the plane. He tells her that since people were complaining about the volume of her tablet, she needed to turn it off. She insists “you could barely hear it.” Somehow I doubt that, since it was audible enough for someone to complain and the attendant to ask her to turn it off.

If you can manage to make it through two-and-a-half minutes of this woman talking over six officers and raising her voice while she’s doing it — insisting that she does not have to comply with air travel rules, yada, yada, yada — you will get to the best part of the video. If you can’t I’ll let you cheat. It’s at 2:05:

Yelling Mom: “You’re all going on YouTube. All of you.”

Officer: “If they tell you something, you need to follow their directions.”

Yelling Mom: “No I don’t. Because I’m not a robot… Do I look like a robot?

Officer: “It’s a Federal offense to interfere with a flight crew.”

Air travel sucks. It’s terrible when all conditions are optimal and you don’t have an asshole screaming about her “rights” while sitting next to you on a plane — totally unbearable when you do. I’m absolutely 100% behind throwing people who act this way off planes. Flying makes a lot of people very uneasy. An entitled mom screaming about her toddler’s rights to listen to a portable device without headphones is an added annoyance that no one should have to sit through.

I love it when people YouTube things and make themselves look like complete jerks. No one is on your side here, lady — but thanks for documenting it.

(photo: pingvin121674/ Shutterstock)

270 Comments

  1. WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

    September 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    She’s an ass hole. 2 possible solutions? Establish a “no-headphones/no tablet” rule with the child. OR, just turn the tablet off, play with them, talk with them — you know, interact with them…they’re interactive. OOOr bask in the glory that is a bored 2 year old being constantly corrected, like Jeffery!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0cYJUqJys

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      I forgot about Jeffery!

    • TheCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Jeff-er-y for evah!

  2. sudden_valley

    September 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This is why I drink on airplanes.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 22, 2014 at 9:24 am

      If I were sitting near her I’d be sorely tempted to start listening to the most gory and sex filled movie I could find sans headphones. If she feels the “right” I should have it, too.

    • sudden_valley

      September 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

      I remember reading an article several years ago when DVD players first started becoming common in cars where parents were complaining because porn was playing in other cars, and they could see it as they were driving.

  3. Assasymphony

    September 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Oh my.. I don’t even know where to start. Let’s try a list.
    1) Shut up about your rights. Nothing bad is happening to you, and it is NOT a right to complain about an officer just for the sake of it and to talk the way you talk. Women in some countries can’t even leave their house, so just stop.
    2) He makes you feel unsafe? Did you see this retort in a TV show? What is that about? There are, like you said, 7 officers. In a public place with cameras. Seriously? That one guy makes you feel unsafe? You think he’s gonna grab your kid or something? Just stop.
    3) Your two year old won’t wear headphones. OK. And? This is other people’s problem how, exactly?
    4) How do you even begin to think it’s OK to talk to an officer like that? Look, everyone has their opinions on people who have authority, but I still believe you should talk with a minimum of respect. You talk about your rights, but can’t even be respectful when talking to a guy who has not done anything to harm you or make life hard for you. They are there to solve the issue. GET A GRIP.
    5) Wow, you’re putting this on youtube, woooooow. It’s OK ’cause you’re 15 and we all do stupid things as teens.. wait, what? You’re a grown adult? Oops.

    I need to stop ranting about annoying strangers. Now I look just as silly ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • JJ

      September 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I love that she thinks putting it on youtube will help her or make people sympathetic to her. When really its making it pretty obvious she’s the loud ass hole in this situation. I have to say as much as I hate rude people like this I love that they think they actually look good and make these “I will show the whole world” threats. Go ahead do it! I need a good laugh when you torn to shreds.

    • Jessifer

      September 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

      The officer makes her feel “unsafe” because she knows damn well that he’s going to arrest her and remove her from the aircraft if she doesn’t calm the hell down and stop disrupting the flight.
      Could you imagine criminals using this argument against police officers? Burglar: “You putting these handcuffs on me makes me feel unsafe. Please remove yourselves from my presence” Cops: “Oh, I’m sorry sir, right away, sir. Can we bring you a cup of spice pumpkin latte to put you more at ease? How about a neck pillow for your ride to the police station?”

    • Assasymphony

      September 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

      What a great idea! I need to go be crazily rebellious, and then just use that! :p

      Aaah, some people, eh?

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Two year old won’t wear earphones because she doesn’t have to. If her options were 1) watch the tablet with earphones or 2) no fucking tablet, she’d wear them. Don’t give a toddler a billion options, that’s how you end up with this dumb bitch.

  4. JJ

    September 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Parents like this snotty bitch give good parents a bad name. Their why when you board a plane everyone gives the parents with little ones “the look” and hopes they aren’t stuck near them even though plenty of kids and parents are good, quiet flyers. Your two year old won’t wear headphones? While I guess she can either not watch it on the tablet then or she can turn the volume down to really, really low. Nobody on a plane wants to listen to people’s video’s or music playing at what sounds to be a loud volume. Hell it annoys me when people get on the public bus and play music on their speakers for all to hear instead of listening to it with headphones. No one wants to listen to your crap music or loud shows. Use headphones or suck it up princess.

    Also parents have this ability to get used to things, the sound of Bubble Guppies or their kid crying, to the point that they can block it or insist “it’s not that loud!”. No it likely is. Your just used to it so you can overlook it see parents who sit in public while their kid tantrums and screams for well over 20 minutes and parent just stands there saying not even a word to calm them down.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

      And it’s an ipad…there are tons of things for kids to do on an ipad that doesn’t involve sound…games books etc.

  5. Ursi

    September 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Yes, I totally believe that she believes the tablet was at an appropriate volume. I have watched parents of toddlers attempt to hold a conversation while said toddler was screaming and shaking a very loud toy in their ear. No doubt selective deafness is a necessary adaptive skill that these parents possess.

    What an entitled loser this woman is. Admit you messed up and show a little humility. Seriously. I cannot believe she’s pulling the “I’m an American, I have rights,” bullshit. She probably does this whenever she gets a parking ticket and then makes a blog post about how oppressed she is.

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    • rockmonster

      September 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Cause you don’t have rights if you’re not American. It’s not like there are any other countries out there that have constitutions and democratic goverments or a parliament.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      September 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Or countries that outrank them on the Freedom Index or anything! I once literally had an American tell me that I couldn’t possibly understand (some sort of political issue, don’t remember) because “You don’t have freedom like we do.” And I’m Canadian. I assure you, we are not loading up our snowmobiles to come rushing over the border for precious freedom!

    • Pappy

      September 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      The stupidest thing is YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY TEACH THEM NOT TO DO THAT. Sorry for the caps, but gosh that ticks me off! Some people seem to think that “kids will be kids” means you might as well just ignore disruptive/invasive behavior because there’s nothing you can do about it. I work with preschoolers and you CAN train them out of things like screaming and shaking toys in your ear.

      Explain that they’re hurting your ear and tell them to stop. Tell them if they can’t remember, you’ll take the toy away and they won’t be allowed to sit on/next to you. If they keep doing it, take the toy away and physically move them away from you. Don’t give the toy back until they promise to stop the behavior. If they do it again, just take it away and move them again. Yes, it’s annoying and repetitive but guess what? You set boundaries like that often enough (“No, you may not hit me. No, you may not scream in my ear. No, you may not grab things from me.”) and enforce consequences (even when they cry. They’re 2-5. They’ll get over it fairly quickly. If they don’t, there’s something else going on you need to address) and the behavior will change. Children, even small children, aren’t stupid or incapable of learning. Unless, of course, the adults around them don’t bother to teach.

  6. Bleu Cheese Bewbs

    September 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

    From now on, whenever someone expects me to do something that I am legally bound to do but I don’t feel I should have to do, I am going to refuse and tell them I am not a robot.
    Also, major pet peeve is inconsiderate people listening to shit in public wihtout headphones, or with headphones and the volume turned up so loudly I cna hear it 5 feet away.

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

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    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

      I get self-conscious about the volume of my music, movies, or games when I’m alone in my apartment and make sure that when I’m out in public, that my game is on mute or my headphones are properly plugged in. I’ve always been that way, though.
      I don’t mind hearing background noise of people’s music, because sometimes earbuds are made really poorly and you can hear the music anyways when it’s not that loud, but when it’s so loud I can actually tell what song it is, or I get their game music stuck in my head because it’s so loud and I can hear it on the other end of the bus, yeah that bugs me.

    • Litterboxjen

      September 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I hate the current trend of people carrying their cell phones around and using them as jukeboxes. No headphones. JFC people, I hate your shitty music even if I like it, put some gorram headphones on.

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Oh yeah, that’s super annoying for sure!

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      ME TOO. I have some difficulties hearing, and I never, ever know if the volume is appropriate. On the plus, you know if I can hear somebody else’s music, it’s much too loud and needs to be addressed.

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      My hearing’s pretty good (unless it’s the night after I went dancing or to a rock show lol), but I just hate worrying if I’m being a bother to other people. I try really hard to be considerate of others in public (and my neighbours in my building).

    • courtneth the modest unicorn

      September 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

      It’s also possible to have the volume up just loud enough for the person using the device to hear it without disturbing the people around them. I have this problem in office environments sometimes. Like, why does your music need to be that loud? Nobody else wants to hear it!

    • SunnyD847

      September 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

      On the flights we took this summer the flight attendant announced at the beginning that passengers needed to use headphones for their devices as “a courtesy to others.” THANK YOU. Even if you think your show is not loud, it can be annoying to the people around you.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Yes, exactly! We were ight a few years back and there was a guy probably 3 rows up, on the other side of the aisle watching some action movie REALLY loudly. I could hear it over my own movie that I was watching while wearing headphones. Luckily the flight attendant addressed it, but the guy seemed shocked that people could hear it. Honestly, I really think they should require headphones because I am a noise-hating grinch.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I think it is required? At least on some airlines. A few years ago I was flying frontier and the woman next to me had headphones that were too loud and the flight attendant made her turn them down without anyone complaining. (Which was a relief to me because I’m too much of a wuss to complain but I’d rather be left in peace)

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Dora is dead-ass-annoying at any volume. Even on mute, if I can see her stupid face, my ears bleed.

    • rockmonster

      September 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Dora was on the real cursed videotape. They just showed you Sadako so you wouldn’t die.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I spend almost 4 hours on the train 6 days a week and this happens all. the. time. Seriously. I don’t need to be a part of anyone’s shitty music or dumb youtube videos on my commute. I read my book and leave everyone else alone and they should do the same. Such a huge pet peeve.

  7. NIGHTHAVEN

    September 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

    wow … wow… ok WOW
    1. YOUR rights? what about those of every other passenger on that flight?
    2. he’s making you feel unsafe LMAO sounds like she works in a childcare or group home field… either way he is an officer and standing a few feet away NOT unsafe not holding a taser or gun on you while you hold your precious SNOWFLAKE.
    3. Not other peoples issues your kid wont wear headphones, try coloring or many other electronic games on that Tablet.
    4. I only feel .. that much grief for you because at least your kid wasn’t screaming bloody murder the whole flight subjecting others to THAT However, at times for me I would rather that than the annoyance of kids fucking programming.
    5. YES lady your TABLET WAS THAT LOUD. Go fuck yourself and your damn fucking rights you snot nosed princess bitch!

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      September 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      I would be so mortified that I was being such an asshole that they sent 6 officers to deal with me and my 2 kids.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      It’s one of those “if a whole bunch of people seem to have a problem with you, maybe the problem is you” sorts of situations.

      SHE HAS RIGHTS, YOU KNOW

  8. Andrea

    September 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    A couple of weeks ago I was at the nail salon. I go there to get away and to get some me time AWAY from children. This woman had her young daughter there. In order to keep her entertained, she was playing the frozen video on her phone. And the little brat was singing it too.
    I was BEYOND pissed.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 22, 2014 at 8:51 am

      A friend and I met for dinner at a bar and grill, and we were seated next to the ONE kid in the place, who happened to be a little girl watching Frozen on a tablet. We told the waitress we need to be moved or we were going to leave because it was our night away from that darn movie.

    • alexesq33

      September 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

      and again, HEADPHONES?? I know some kids don’t like them, but if they are instructed that THAT is the way they get to watch Frozen, wouldn’t the strong desire override any aversion? idk…
      ETA: as an adult I am super sensitive to annoying others with my personal media – I would not let my children do so either.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

      I’m seriously the type of person who wonders if my music is up too loud when I’m walking with headphones on and there’s no one around. It’s weird, but I hate it when I’m forced to listen to other people’s stuff, so I’d never presume to impose my stuff on others.

    • rockmonster

      September 23, 2014 at 1:02 am

      This! I’m starting to wonder if you are me from the future.

    • Spongeworthy

      September 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

      And unless the flight was a surprise trip they had to take, if you know you’re flying with a kid you need to prep them ahead of time for it. Get the kid to practice wearing headphones at home. Dont just say they won’t wear them and call it a day.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Plus, there are lots of different types of headphones. Just because your kids may not like one doesn’t mean they’re allergic to all headphones. If the media is a must, then them’s the breaks, kiddos.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I had a mom with a seven year old in my library the other day who was watching some cartoon on her iPhone. Loudly. In a library. I really don’t get why people think that it’s appropriate to do that anywhere, but especially somewhere that’s meant to be quiet/relaxing/not full of kid noise.

    • jendra_berri

      September 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I went out for lunch with a friend, some lovely adult time, and there was the loudest family there. They gave their bickering sons a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle show to watch on a tablet and they fought over it and played the volume loud.
      We complained to the staff and they had to turn it off. Very satisfying.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

      there’s a park I go to for reading time when I’m in the city and normally it’s peaceful. a few weeks ago I went and a family with multiple girls was having a Frozen sing off. It was cute for one song. When they went through the whole songbook 5 times it was A LOT LESS CUTE

    • DogMama

      September 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Hee hee. I’m sure even their doting parents could cheerfully kick Frozen off the face of the earth some days…

  9. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    September 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Yeah…this apparently didn’t work out the way she had planned in her head.

    I can see thinking the volume was lower, because Flying Spaghetti Monster knows, I am able to tune out annoying kid shows with the best of them most of the time. But the answer isn’t fighting with the person that tells you it’s too loud. It’s saying, “Oh, I am so sorry. Let me turn this off/convince her to wear headphones.”

  10. koolchicken

    September 22, 2014 at 8:28 am

    On one hand I get what this woman is saying. I once had a flight attendant have the nerve to ask me to turn down the volume on my own sons iPad. The thing is, it was on mute yet she claimed she could “hear something coming from somewhere”. How she could hear anything over the sound of the toddler in front of us who had been screaming, hitting, and kicking the entire flight (who’s mom pretty much checked out 3 minutes into the flight) was beyond me. So it IS possible the iPad had not been turned up loud enough for anyone to hear.

    On the other hand she should not have behaved that way. If she really had a problem with the flight attendant she could have taken her name and written a complaint. I’m not sure what carrier she was flying on but of it was Delta I can assure you that employee would have been reprimanded. And once the officers got involved she had another chance to turn things around but instead continued to scream. I have zero patience for people like that. So even if she was “right” I personally wouldn’t care anymore. I kind of think they should have arrested her. But perhaps being shamed on the internet will be enough punishment.

    • meteor_Whoricorn_echo

      September 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Um, “had the nerve” to ask you? You do realize that someone might have complained about your iPad, and that flight attendants are obligated to work with every single complaint they get, no matter how unreasonable?

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

      You’d think, right?

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Well, @koolchicken:disqus does say that the iPad was on mute and there was a toddler throwing a fit in front of them. It would be hard to be patient and polite given those circumstances!

    • koolchicken

      September 23, 2014 at 12:23 am

      I did actually manage to be polite and say nothing. I’ll admit it was difficult since I wasn’t doing anything wrong. And the way she kept coming back to “check I had the sound off” was beyond infuriating. I’m still kicking myself a bit for not taking her name and filing a complaint. But that’s not really my style. Being on a plane is not usually fun and I try to avoid conflict whenever possible. Also, that flight was hard on all of us. So it’s possible she was just stressed and was trying to make it look to other passengers as though she was attempting to do something. But acting like I was a problem when it was the people in front of me was ridiculous.

    • koolchicken

      September 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Yes, “had the nerve”. My iPad was on mute, so there’s absolutely no way she heard anything coming from my device. And she didn’t mention any complaints. She was going around collecting trash when she paused by us to listen (something she did every time she passed). Had she any sense at all she’d have known that someone was listen to a device with the sound up, but it was the brat in front of us. Although I can’t think of a single person who would have complained. Anything that might have shut that kid up for two seconds would have been regarded as a miracle.

      When I say something like “had the nerve” I say it because the person in question was being a witch. Not because I’m feeling entitled or superior. The people in front of us were horrible and were making everyone on that flight miserable. The child was actually violent- and the “mother” periodically left him unattended. This family was NEVER spoken to. Yet this FA actually thought it was okay to tell me off (she was not polite and didn’t simply ask me to mute my device) when my own 18 month old had spent the entire flight sitting silently on my lap playing and watching Frozen. So yes, I’m snarky in my tone when I speak of her and I think that’s fair.

      I’m sorry that I didn’t bother to mention this in my pervious comment, but I felt it wasn’t necessary. I still sort of don’t.

    • meteor_Whoricorn_echo

      September 22, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      They don’t have to mention other complaints. I have no idea why the family in front of you has not been talked to, though – no noise is tolerated on a plane.

    • koolchicken

      September 23, 2014 at 12:18 am

      The family in front of us wasn’t talked to because I doubt it would have made a bit of difference. That kid was not going to shave because he had a mother who wasn’t interested in her job. Asking her to do it would be “judging” and the FA ran the risk of getting into a confrontation similar to what is described in this article. It was just easier for her to vent her frustrations on me, a person who looked very chill and was therefore unlikely to flip. And if by some miracle the woman in front of us overheard our conversation she might take the hint. It really isn’t too hard to figure that out.

      And, no noise is tolerated on a plane? Are you insane? I fly constantly, my husband’s goal this year was to log 50,000 domestic miles on a single carrier this year. He started in February and we’ve already met our goal. We also flew other carriers. I ping pong back and forth across this country almost as much as my flight attendant MIL. Yet I have NEVER heard this “rule”. I’m starting to think you’re just some troll looking for a fight. Take a nap.

    • meteor_Whoricorn_echo

      September 23, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Oh, you sweet summer child.

      I’ve been commenting on Mommyish for about four years, give or take – and throughout this time, I’ve seen you flip your shit at people who had nothing to do with you, because of your personal reasons. You honestly don’t have a leg to stand on and, if you insist on calling me a troll, then you’re as much one as I am, if not more.

      And as for your question, IATA (the international association of companies who have anything to do with civil aviation) states in one of its rules that any passenger who is behaving loudly and obnoxiously for a continued period of time should be politely asked to curb the noise level. If they do not comply, the purser is called and the passenger is asked for the second time. If they still don’t comply, they get a verbal warning, then a written warning, the copy if which goes into the flight papers, and then they’re escorted out of the plane, accompanied by the police (which is what happened to the sanctimombie in this article). Loud and obnoxious noise, regardless of its origin, is considered a flight safety threat, and if the passenger does not stop producing it after a while, they SHOULD be asked to.

      I have no clue why you or your family have not heard of this rule. Either the companies in your country provide rather lousy service, or the Russian companies (I’m Russian) have stricter standards and actually adhere to them.

    • koolchicken

      September 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      I am an American, and obviously we don’t allow nonsense on board our aircrafts either. However, when it’s a child causing a scene people tend to ignore it. Not that I think it’s right. But the common thought seems to be children and infants are incapable of controlling themselves and so their bad behavior is often ignored.

      And no, I’m not a troll. But you were actively looking for a fight. You decided to take offense at something I wore without actually bothering to read my comment. I have every right to be annoyed with the FA I came into contact with. If I had been doing what she accused me of doing that would have been one thing. But I wasn’t. And she could have been a great deal more polite, but she wasn’t. She could have addressed the people who were actually causing problems but again, she didn’t. So nope, not wrong to say she had the nerve to ask me to stop doing something I wasn’t guilty of doing.

  11. Jennie Blair

    September 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Wow, here I am worried about everyone not being inconvenienced when I have to fly in December with a newborn and 2 animals. Maybe I’m weird (or just not a douche) but I don’t want all the people stuck in the tiny flying sardine can with us to hate us by the time we land. Yes I won’t see them again but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do everything possible to not make someone’s day worse

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

      I think that as long as you’re visibly doing everything in your power to not be a twat and try quiet your newborn when they make a fuss (key words “visibly” and “try”), the majority of people won’t hate you. There are some jerks out there, but they’d find other things to be jerks about anyways. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • meteor_Whoricorn_echo

      September 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

      As a flight attendant in study, I can give a bit of helpful advice on the animals (I’m not a specialist in newborns, alas).

      1) Don’t feed them before flight, so that they wouldn’t get sick – they can get air sickness, just like people do.
      2) An automatic drinker is a really useful thing to put in their crate/carrier, since it’ll provide the critters with water but won’t splash it everywhere.
      3) The carrier needs a layer of something absorbent at the bottom.
      4) To make your pets panic less, take one of your clothing items and put it into the crate. It’d be ideal if you take a pet blankie, lie on it for a bit to let it absorb your smell, and put it at the back of the cage. It’ll both keep them warm and calm.
      5) If your pets go into the cargo department, you can ask the flight attendants to check on your pets if you make any stops during the flight route. If you’re not making fuss, the attendants will gladly oblige ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope your flight goes safely and easily! Good luck!

    • Jennie Blair

      September 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

      I need to get a new crate for Buddy (cat), idk how he would do with a water bottle. Tess (guinea pig [btw frontier is the only airline that doesn’t treat my pocket pet like cargo that I could find]) has a travel carrier and cage. Her cage will be checked and she will be in the travel carrier. I always put something soft under her because she would slip around. I’m hoping she does ok, she is crazy chill. When the car broke down on the interstate and Jared put her in the cage on the ground she just kept going about her business while cars sped past. Buddy is scared of everyone, but he will be on whatever throw blanket was on the couch before hand so it smells like us and also in his thundershirt. (Idk how well that works with other animals but having tried everything under the sun to help him be less stressed it worked best.)

    • meteor_Whoricorn_echo

      September 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      There should be a changing table in each plane lavatory, by the side of the sink, so don’t worry about that ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hopefully, both your kitty and guinea pig will be okay with traveling!

    • ohladyjayne

      September 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

      I agree with pixie – I have no experience flying with pets, but I’ve flown several times with my kid. There are absolutely people who will just hate you and give you dirty looks for simply existing – even if your baby/animals behave completely perfectly the entire time. Ignore them, because there is nothing you can do about it. Our last flight, we got stuck surrounded by 20-40 dudes who were all going to a machismo convention (well they were talking about some kind of convention anyway, so I’m assuming) who spent the whole flight reading playboy and eating meat sticks. It sucked, but we got through it with no more than a few dirty looks.

      Your baby will cry. As long as you are doing something about it, the vast majority of people will be fine. Practice your “I’m so sorry” face a few times.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Ugh, we had to fly our cats in the cabin when we moved cross country, and we got the dirtiest looks. I heard one guy on the phone when we landed sour about the “lady taking her cats on vacation.” Like, dude, have you ever met a cat? Do you think I’m doing this for fun? Because it really, really wasn’t.

      Basically, people are going to make assumptions about your small, potentially noise making creature no matter what. Haters to the left.

    • Assasymphony

      September 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I think a lot of the crying is because of the ear pain. It can really hurt. If you can find a way to help a newborn with that, it might help you?

    • MissDelish

      September 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

      If you ask for a warmed cloth to hold over small people’s ears, it can help to alleviate the pain and hence, the screaming.

    • Jennie Blair

      September 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

      My newborn care book said to have them eating or munching on a pacifier to help get her little ears to equalize. She is getting her own seat so I’m hoping she takes to pacifiers.

    • Linzon

      September 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Getting the baby to nurse/take a bottle/suck in a pacifier helps their ears to pop. When my kids were babies as long as they were sucking on something we were good.

    • Penelope

      September 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Exactly! This is why I’m collecting articles like ‘How To Fly With a Newborn’ while my baby is…17 weeks gestational.

    • Jennie Blair

      September 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

      From birth to reality has a section about flying with your newborn as well as all the other things that you need to know at the start, like how to care for their belly button stump (ew)

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

      I flew from Australia to the States with my son when he was three months old. It can be done!

    • raero

      September 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      I flew with my 14 week old and everything was fine! My airline never made me take him out of the carrier.

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I found it much easier to travel with a newborn than with an older baby or toddler. The best family flight of my life was when my son was 7 weeks old! I will say that having a soother, bottle, and/or being ready to nurse during takeoff is a big help for the ear clearing, which is usually the major reason for crying.

      Also, bring WAY more diapers than you think you need. My kids ALWAYS pooped on planes, but besides that, then you won’t have to buy diapers if your luggage is delayed etc. I usually travel with at least two days’ worth in my bag.

    • Jessifer

      September 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      I guess it depends which airline and what their procedures are. I’ve flown with both Air Canada and with Porter Airlines, and I was instructed by staff to hold my son upright against my chest, so there was no possible way to nurse him during take-off or landing.

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Aw, that’s too bad! I flew Westjet with my kids as infants, and at that point at least, it was upright against your chest or cradle hold, so nursing was pretty doable. If that’s changed, that’s a shame, because it was pretty handy!

    • Jessifer

      September 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Holding him upright was totally doable up until he was about 6 months. However, once he started sitting up on his own, there was no way he was going to be relaxed about staying in this position! It was hell, trying to hold him in place while he pushed against my chest with his arms and legs and arched his neck and back to get away from me! Not that at that age, he’d tolerate the cradle hold any more… I guess traveling anywhere with a squirmy, stubborn, 6-24 month old on your lap is hell.

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Oh, I will travel with a newborn over a 6 month old ANY day! While it was expensive, the one time we needed to travel with my son when he was 16 months, I just sucked it up and paid for an extra seat so we could strap him into his car seat. The bonus to that was that he was so used to sleeping in it during long car rides that he actually fell asleep on the plane too. But really, it was just so I could strap him in somewhere and have my lap to myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • CrazyFor Kate

      September 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      A lot of people are way more tolerant of a crying baby than you’d expect. Where you would run into real trouble would be an energetic toddler, especially if it looks like you’re zoning out and not stopping him from kicking the seat/poking people/whatever it is kids do.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

      THIS. Why do people let their toddlers just stare down the people behind them the whole flight, and bother them? Like, if you want me to deal with your kid, my rate is $15 an hour.

    • DogMama

      September 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      A million points to you. Because you rock. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • STB

      September 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      God I wish more parents thought like you.

  12. keelhaulrose

    September 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’m in the “Bubble Guppies is anguish” camp mainly because it’s Little One’s favorite show ever and there’s only so many times you can listen to it without starting to go insane (this applies to many things in life, #fuckingfrozen comes to mind).

    Lady, anyone in America could tell you that your “rights” are limited, especially on a plane. If your kid won’t wear headphones get a freaking book or something that doesn’t require others to listen to “Buh buh bubble gup gup gullies” ten thousand times.

  13. Maitri

    September 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

    If I had to listen to Bubble Guppies on an airplane I’d be pissed because those songs are major earworms and I’d be singing that shit for weeks.

  14. My Baby Birds

    September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    She’s clearly entitled and out of line. “White privilege” though? You believe she felt entitled because she’s white? Give me a break.

    • SunnyD847

      September 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

      When POC refuse to “do as they’re told” and insist on their actual rights to police they end up tazed or shot.

    • Ursi

      September 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

      The woman herself doesn’t need to be conscious of feeling entitled because she is white for her to be an example of white privilege. It’s about the presumption that she can claim she’s the one being harassed because she’s used to speaking to people with authority this way. She’s white, she’s a mother, she is obviously of enough financial means to afford the plane ticket and therefore she is entitled to certain treatment by security guards, police officers, etc. Essentially, she believes herself to be beyond reproach.

      This woman has never needed to worry about anyone getting the wrong idea about her not complying with the law simply because she looks like whatever a good upstanding citizen is “supposed” to look like.

    • Maria Guido

      September 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Thank you.

    • Assasymphony

      September 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Though I’d just like to say – being white isn’t always the magical thing people make it out to be.
      Also, here in England, you can be white and still not be entitled. If you have what people call a ‘chav’ look, or a ‘working class accent’, you are more likely to be in trouble with the police if you start talking like she did. They’d probably wrestle them to the ground or something, claiming ‘aggression’ on their part.
      There are what you could call ‘minority whites’. They sound uneducated, live in very ‘ghetto’ areas, are generally quite poor and grow up in hugely dysfunctional families. And they tend to get judged because they have a certain ‘look’, plus the accent.

    • Assasymphony

      September 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Though of course thankfully, people don’t really risk getting shot by police. That’s just awful.. ๐Ÿ™

    • Ursi

      September 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

      This also exists in the US. Race is not a universal experience. Anyone who’s seen how people live in poverty in Appalachia can attest to that. It doesn’t negate the fact that white privilege exists. No one is making it out to be a magical thing, people are just pushing for awareness.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      This is a perfect explanation.

    • blh

      September 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Yeah, that annoyed me. You don’t have to be white to be an entitled bitch. I’ve seen many black women act the same way.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      She isn’t saying that the woman acted entitled BECAUSE she is white. She is saying that because she is white, the woman has the ability to act like this and not be, I don’t know, shot and killed while unarmed.

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      They don’t get it, they won’t anytime soon, as soon as they see a color in the argument, they jump the shark.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I give up.

    • lin

      September 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I get what white privilege means, it just isn’t really talked about the same way here, nor would anyone talk about a bitch on the plane and point out her white privilege. I’m not saying you guys are wrong, it just seemed like an out of place comment in the article. And I am not white. And I don’t worry about being treated more harshly than whites. At all. I know this site is one big circle-jerk. And since the circle agrees it is white privilege, it is. Well, in your country, perhaps. But you could try to understand what others are saying without being condescending douches. Now that you know I am a “POC” (when the hell did that even become a term? Cause, out of all of this? That pisses me off the most.)
      We get what white privilege is. It just seemed out of place here.

    • Ursi

      September 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Why is it condescending to talk about white privilege when referring to the actions of the white American woman the article is about?

      We are talking about something that definitely exists where the incident took place. I don’t presume to speak for another nation that I don’t have firsthand experience of but white privilege is alive and well in America.

      I feel like a lot of people are seeing the term and thinking we’re calling the woman a racist. Not at all. We’re just pointing out what a sad state of affairs it is that minority groups are treated unjustly by law enforcement in this country but people like this can sit there and run their mouth without fear of consequences when they are clearly in the wrong. The incident itself has nothing to do with race but it touches a nerve with a lot of us. Especially so soon after the events that unfolded in Ferguson.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      I think POC is generally used because it encompasses all non-white people and because minority isn’t always an accurate description.

    • lin

      September 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I’m going to go out on a limb here, and assume most of you are white.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I can’t speak for most of anyone, but yes, I am white. Why?

    • Ursi

      September 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I am. What does that have to do with anything at all?

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Which is precisely why we talk about it. I, also, am white.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      September 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I get what you guys are saying about it (and agree), but I’m just not sure how we made the leap to white privilege. Was there a recent case of a POC getting arrested on a plane or something? Or maybe Maria was thinking of the “random check”/”no-fly-list” stuff that’s been going on for the pas decade? Or was it just arrests in general?

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I think Maria was just making a side remark about the existence of WP in general. Kind of a casual remark about how this woman is an ass and oh, by the way it must be nice to have the freedom to behave this way. I’m not really sure how it got blown up into a huge disagreement though.

  15. Awa Adams

    September 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  16. Angela

    September 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Honestly, she could just be an entitled jerk, but having worked with mentally ill populations I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there some underlying psych issues. She sounds like a lot of my former patients who were off their meds. She doesn’t appear to the point of being delusional or actively psychotic, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she was in some type of manic phase or something. The fact that she didn’t quite seem to grasp simple points and was making bizarre arguments are a red flag to me, although obviously there isn’t enough information in this clip to really know for sure. Anyway, if she is sick then I hope she gets the help she needs.

  17. whiteroses

    September 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Your “rights” as an American citizen don’t extend to making everyone else pay for them.

    Just throwing that out there. I mean, I’m sorry if your kid won’t wear headphones, but that’s why you plan ahead and take eight or nine forms of entertainment with you. Possibly an entirely separate suitcase, if need be.

    • Vรฉronique the Attachment Shark

      September 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

      This is what I’m currently planning at this moment for my long-ass 5 hour flight to europe in two weeks. I actually hadn’t thought of the earphone issue, so now I’m going to buy them for her and get her used to them BEFORE we get to the airport… but I also plan papers and crayons, toys snacks, etc.

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Which is an excellent idea. Sometime in the next year my son will be flying to Australia, which will be…interesting… But I’ve been thinking a lot about this.

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      26 hours (give or take a few) travelling mostly within the confines of a metal tube with a small child? Yay!

      But in all seriousness, I applaud your bravery to do that.

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      He cried twice through the whole trip the first time we did it.

      It was a gift from God is what it was.

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      That’s amazing! Hopefully next time goes just as well!

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      He’s always been a decent traveler. I am very, very lucky that he has the personality to do that.

    • OptimusPrime*

      September 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Yep, the “magic box” is awesome. A new coloring book, new crayons, some little (but not swallowable toys), an extra snack, etc. I actually learned about them from The Babysitters’ Club handbook many moons ago. Golden advice.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 23, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Yes! Kid Kits!

    • TngldBlue

      September 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

      We let our then toddler aged kid pick out her own headphones (Lalaloopsy FTW) and wear them for a few weeks before our flight and it was fine. Letting her pick her own went a long way toward getting her to wear them.

    • Jessifer

      September 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Good luck with that! I was on a one-hour flight with my then 13 month old last month, and I couldn’t wait to get the hell off! My husband is bringing him alone on a 3-3.5hr flight to Cuba in January… all I have to say is that I’m sure glad I won’t be on it!

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      September 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I’m not sure where you’re from, but I got some awesome Doc Mcstuffins headphones from Target that won’t go over a certain volume level (so they don’t deafen your child for life) and are super cushy on the ears. My daughter loves them, and I love not hearing Peppa Pig at top volume.

  18. Jen TheTit Whisperer

    September 22, 2014 at 9:32 am

    What a bitch. This is why everyone hates America. Because they think we are all entitled assholes. We are not. A normal, sane person would have said “my bad” and moved on. If she really felt “picked on” she would send a terse email later. White privilege at it’s finest.

  19. lin

    September 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    What does her colour have to do with this? Shocker – I have, on occasion, witnessed entitled behaviour from people who weren’t white! Am I missing something? Did she say, I’m white, so I can do what I want?

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

      That’s not what Maria said. She said that the woman’s behavior was the “visual definition” of white privilege. The woman was the source of the problem in the first place, then went on about to refuse to obey the instructions of an office and complain loudly about how her rights were being trampled. The white privilege is because she has the ability to do that without being tased, shot, beaten, etc by the cops. POC in the same situation are most likely to be assumed aggressive/dangerous from the outset and wouldn’t get the privilege of carrying on the same was this woman did.

    • lin

      September 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

      I’m not American, so I don’t see this in my life. At all. Racism certainly exists here, but we don’t have the same issues as you do. So, seemed totally bizarre to drag race into this, when the story seemingly had nothing to do with it. If this article was about white privilege, and this story was used as an example of that, then fine, but it wasn’t. It was a story about a bitch on plane, with one sentence about race thrown in.

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Maybe it seemed bizarre- but for Americans, in the last couple of years especially, white privilege has really reared its ugly head.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Won’t someone give white folks a break???

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I mean, we’re so marginalized.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I don’t think white privilege exists as a solely American concept though.

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      White privilege and race are not the same concept.

    • Jem

      September 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

      The white privilege is that she can act this brazenly and yell and get in people’s faces because she knows, historically, she will not be beaten or tazed for doing so.

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Not to mention she recorded and posted it onlineโ€ฆso she clearly thought everyone else was wrong and she was right.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      September 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      I think that might be worse. She acted this way and is so messed up that she thinks she should be applauded for this behavior.

  20. DuggarHairHater

    September 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Three special steps, thatโ€™s all you need. Three special steps, and youโ€™ll succeed. Your special assignment is starting now, and three special steps will show you how.

    Step 1: Have your kid get used to wearing headphones before a flight so you are confident s/he will use them on the flight

    Step 2: If your kid is still scared of headphones, turn your bubble guppies down if you are asked, since it is a federal offense to disobey fight attendants

    Step 3: If you can’t obey basic rules, don’t fly with your children AND don’t threaten someone with youtube.

    Three special steps, so now you know. Three special steps and youโ€™re ready to go! The checklist has all the steps you need. Just follow them all and you will succeed with three special steps!

    I hear this song too many times per week and thought it was appropriate here…

    • Vรฉronique the Attachment Shark

      September 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

      actually I’m very seriously thanking you about this because I’m flying in two weeks with my two year old and hadn’t thought about the headphone issue!!!! Now i’m going to have to work on that with her because nothing keeps her as quiet as yo gabba gabba when she has to sit still for long periods of time… :S

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Honestly, having traveled many times with toddlers, TV and videos isn’t always the trick. The environment is new and exciting and different, and the videos often lose their appeal. Bring them anyway, but just be prepared for them to be less fascinating than usual!

      My suggestions: sit her by the window if you can, so you can look out (she may have to sit there anyway if she’s flying in a car seat), buy a gross of puffy stickers and little trinkets from the dollar store, and bring lots of snacks that take a long time to consume, like suckers if you’re comfortable with her having them, or toddler puffs (give her just a couple at a time and you can stretch a snack to fifteen minutes!)

      Oh, and buy a toy diecast plane to bring with you. Nothing entertained my kids more on planes than getting to pretend to fly their own plane. Planeception ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      I don’t know whether to call you a genius for the OSO reference or to hate you because now I have that damn song stuck in my head.

    • rockmonster

      September 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      What is OSO and is it good?

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      NO! No Special Agent Oso is not good. Run away!

      The concept is cute – this bear teaches kids how to do simple tasks in “three special steps” – but the characters and the music are SO annoying. My kids went through an Oso phase and I wanted to drive a screwdriver in my ear.

  21. TDeez

    September 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I’m sorry but this was an example of “white privilege?” C’mon.

  22. Spiderpigmom

    September 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

    โ€œI am an American citizen. I have rights, right? This man does not make me feel safe can you please remove him from my presence?โ€

    MWAHAHAHAHA! I’m seriously using this line next time I’m given a parking ticket or the like. Well, except I’m not an American citizen. But it still works with other nationalities, right? …. Nah, now that I think about it, it doesn’t have the same perfection to it…

  23. guest

    September 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I just don’t understand how people can tolerate psychos holding phones recording shit like this. My initial response is to smack the phone out of their hand or grab it and smash it into a thousand pieces on the ground. She is lucky that thus far she has encountered such nice folks.
    I just love the “please remove him from my presence” bit. Sorry Princess Dillhole, you don’t get to make demands when YOU are the one who is in trouble.

    • SunnyD847

      September 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Yeah, that officer was extremely patient

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      LMAO @ Princess Dillhole! Stealing it!

  24. shorty_RN

    September 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I can’t make myself watch the video. It’s too early in the morning to start face-palming.

  25. tk88

    September 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Can everyone vote her onto the no fly list?

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Let’s make this happen. She sounds like an asshole and I think the less assholes there are on a plane, the better.

  26. Sarah

    September 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    So author of this article, how the hell does ‘this is basically the definition of white privilege’ come into play? Because a parent of any nationality can’t act like a fool?

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Well, of course they can. But the fact that this woman was able to cause a scene, record it, and act like she was woefully wronged without any major repercussions (which, if she was another race would probably not be the case), shows how white privilege came into play.

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      You think a black or Arab man arguing with a flight crew would still have the full use of their arms?

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      White privilege just means that your experience with cops has been such that you don’t fear that acting like a loud-mouthed asshole and ignoring their directions will get you beaten, shot, or arrested, because it never has.

  27. brebay

    September 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Didn’t realize the “right to feel safe” was an absolute. I guess we should probably poll the prisons and let out anyone who feels unsafe while being detained…

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Only if they are Americans!

  28. brebay

    September 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    My then 8-year-old was about to lose his shit over a preschooler behind up on a plane playing the travel version of “Hungry Hungry Hippos” Why the ever-loving fuck this even exists is beyond me, it’s annoying enough in the house. Anyway, I told him if it bothered him that much he could talk to the flight attendant, who couldn’t control her laughter when he began with “Excuse me ma’am, but the child behind me…”

  29. KatDuck

    September 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Her kid *won’t* wear headphones and *must* have life exactly as she wants it, no substitutions? Can’t imagine where she learned that.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Watching Mom scream about her citizenship, of course. I’m morbidly curious about how restaurant visits and Starbucks trips go.

  30. rockmonster

    September 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hey guys, I was in class. Did I miss a shitstorm?

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Nah, it’s just starting to heat up in here, I think.

  31. welby

    September 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    “This is basically the visual definition of white privilege.” Wrong. This is the visual definition of self-entitlement. If she was black what would it be? Shame shame, Guido.

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      She wouldn’t have been allowed to go on for as long as she did, call the cops annoying, and record itโ€ฆ.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Right. I’m sure that if she’d been black the officers would have pointed out that black people can’t record them. Jesus, what an ignorant response.

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      You really need to look up white privilege. It doesn’t mean invoking the fact that you’re white to get a privilege. It means that you have a confidence that you will not be tased, tackled, or shot by people in authority for shooting off your mouth or not following their directions, because you will not be assumed to be a danger by them. It doesn’t even require that you know what it means in order for you to use it.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      “White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges, existing in predominantly white societies,
      that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by
      non-white people in the same social, political, or economic
      circumstances.” Sorry, I don’t see how that applies here. She didn’t think she was allowed to disturb everyone because she’s white, but because she’s a self-involved twit. There is a difference.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      You are still missing the point. She didn’t INTENTIONALLY do anyhting because she knows she is white and because she can. THe simple fact that she is able to do so and not end up full of bullets or tasered is where white privilege comes into play. Honestly I’m not sure why everyone is harping on what is very clearly a side remark. The rest of the article doens’t mention race, does it? Of course not. The white privilege just happens to be very timely considering the summer of Lets Kill Unarmed Black Folks.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      And this person called ME “tremendously ignorant”.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Yes. Yes I did.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks for the confirmation. I wasn’t sure.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Annnnnd there’s the problem with the “white privilege” trope. It assumes that the officer, who seemed remarkably calm, would have just pulled his gun and started shooting or tasing if she was black. Sorry, that’s just about a stupid a thing as I’ve heard on the internet today. It’s a trope that’s a favorite, but that doesn’t make it right. Sorry.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Why are you apologizing? Also, your assertion that the officer was “remarkably calm” doesn’t necessarily mean that he would have been so had he been dealing with someone of color. That’s kind of the whole point we’re trying to make.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      No, the ASSUMPTION your making is that he would not. That’s what the problem is.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Also, I don’t think anyone said the officer would have just started shooting. I said that a) white privilege is a topic because of the events of the summer and b) white privilege allows her to get away with acting like a threat.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      “THe simple fact that she is able to do so and not end up full of bullets or tasered is where white privilege comes into play”

      That wasn’t you?

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, that was me, obviously. You are still deliberately misinterpreting what we are saying. Do you, though.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Kinda tough to misinterpret that. I understand your arguments, I just think that the “white privilege” trope is ridiculously overused. And I find it simply stupid when used in this context. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree here.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      If she were black, she would not get away with speaking to the officers as this woman did.

  32. Kristen Copeland Dutsch

    September 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    What does race have to do with anything? Lol wow.

    I see a flustered mom. Traveling with two kids is hard and stressful enough, what would they rather deal with on a noisy plane..bubble guppies or a screaming kid?

    Could she had handled it better? Yes of course.

    But seven security guards around one woman with two kids?

    Federal offense or not lets not blow this out of proportion.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Because, had it been anyone who wasn’t white, they would not have just been questioned. They would be jailed and beaten for speaking to officers they way this woman has. Flustered or not, she did NOT have the right to behave that way and she should have complied with airline staff when asked to turn down her tablet. She does NOT have the right to disturb others’ right to peaceful enjoyment.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      What a tremendously ignorant and unhelpful response. Race has no place in this discussion. The woman is a self-involved idiot, that’s all.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Ignorant and unhelpful, how? I agree she’s a self-involved idiot, however calling me “ignorant and unhelpful” because you don’t agree is equally so.

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      I got called ignorant tooโ€ฆ.woooohoooo! Ignorant buddies.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      For the same reasons as below. Hope it helps.

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Actually, it doesn’t. No one is calling you unhelpful and ignorant for your opinion and explanations.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Okay, let me help further. Your post stated “she wouldn’t have been allowed to blah blah blah”. Yes. She would have. Your post assumes that, had she been black, there would have been shooting first and questions later. Simply. Not. True. Especially in this case. Police abuse exists, but is also a vanishingly small incidence compared to the number of interactions the police have with people on a daily basis. To assume it’s going to happen every time a black person does anything not only perpetuates an undeserved negative stereotype of police, it contributes nothing constructive to the conversation. Which is why I called your comment both unhelpful (not constructive) and ignorant (of both police work and the rates of police abuse).

    • effingplates

      September 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Thing is, it doesn’t have to be as drastic as getting shot for white privilege to be evident. A black person likely would not have been allowed to talk to police like that without being talked over, threatened, cuffed, detained, had their phone confiscated, possibly having their child taken away for the exact same in circumstances. A black person acting that way would have been seen as a threat whereas a white woman is an annoyance. The white woman knows this, consciously or subconsciously. That is where the privilege comes it.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      That dog just ain’t gonna hunt. You’re telling me that no black person, anywhere, is ever able to stand up for their rights without being beaten and arrested? Seriously? The problem you raise exists, but isn’t nearly as pervasive as you seem to wish it was.

    • effingplates

      September 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Of course I’m not saying that. I’m saying that all things otherwise equal, white people on average get treated a hell of a lot better than black people do by authority. That is what privilege is.

      Also, I’m not sure why I would “wish” it were a problem if it weren’t; I get no benefit from that.

    • Vรฉronique the Attachment Shark

      September 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      it’s the fact that a person of colour will, during a confrontation with a person of authority, have a mental comma stop him briefly and think twice about escalating with the authority. He will stop and think about whether or not it’s a good idea to get angry, and get the phone out, and say that he or she feels threatened, and is american and has rights. Whereas someone that is white will never think (gee, I should really shut my mouth before this cop assaults me). If you look at the incidents where cops DO escalate and use physical force, it happens significantly MORE with people of colour than it does with white people. make sense now?

      http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/white-privilege-explained/

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I’m not quite sure where I said there would have been “shooting first and questions later.”

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      It’s ignorant and unhelpful because you’re perpetrating a stereotype that a white person feels free to act a certain way. I disagree that this is the case for this particular incident. The woman probably acts this way with her dry cleaner too. Because she’s white? No. Because she’s an idiot? Your statement that “anyone who wasn’t white…would be jailed an beaten” is both false and inflammatory. So it’s unhelpful. And ignorant.

    • CMJ

      September 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Um, she doesn’t “feel free” to act a certain wayโ€ฆ.she IS free to act like an entitled twat without fear of being arrested, beaten, etcโ€ฆ.which is something that a great deal of people in this country do not have the privilege of doing.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I’m sorry, that’s simply not true. Your sweeping statement is a ridiculous exaggeration of reality. You need to broaden your thought horizons a little bit if you want to be taken seriously.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I would suggest that you are the one that needs to broaden his or her horizons.

    • effingplates

      September 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Sound pretty true to me. Welby, you sound like you haven’t been paying much attention to how POC get treated by authority in circumstances where they actually stand up for their rights.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Effingplate – it may SOUND true, but it ISN’T true. There are certainly cops out there who are racist, who overreact – in short, who shouldn’t be police officers. But continuing to paint all cops as psychopaths just waiting for a chance to put the hurting on a black person is simply ridiculous and counterproductive. If you think I’m wrong, try going for a ride along some night and see the amount of crap an officer deals with that you NEVER see. They are poorly paid, do a job that you obviously can’t or wouldn’t do, and get shown far more disrespect than they deserve.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      No one said anyhting about all cops being anything. You are deliberately misunderstanding what people are saying.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Not specifically. However, they did make sweeping statements that if the woman had been black there would have been beatings, tasers, and shootings. By implication, such a response assume racism on the part of the cop in the situation and by extension, all police. What I’m saying is that the fact that this woman is a self-absorbed idiot has little to nothing to do with the fact that she is white. Yet many of the comments here assume that the police officer would have reacted in a certain gut-instinct way to the situation if the woman had been black. I brought it up to point out that it’s useless to the article and needlessly divisive. The woman is a bitch. Why does it need a race label too?

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      If you seriously can’t understand that this woman’s behavior is a DIRECT result of the existence of white privilege, you are being WILLFULLY ignorant.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      No, I am willfully disagreeing with your position. There’s a difference that you seem unable to grasp, but I’m really tired of explaining so read the rest of my posts and see if you can figure it out all by your lonesome.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Whatever. I’m not going to continue a discussion with someone who thinks attacking a person’s intelligence because they disagree is a valid argument.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Cool. Go on with your bad self. I learned a valuable lesson today.

      Really.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Yeah, broaden your horizons! ๐Ÿ˜› Lordy, I can’t with people today.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      I’m sure you mean “perpetuating”.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      You’re right, I did. Thank for pointing out the misspelling.

    • Vรฉronique the Attachment Shark

      September 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      it’s not that they act free to behave differently. It’s that it never crosses their mind that, if they insult officers of the law, or choose to say NO to a person of authority, nothing bad will happen to them because they have “rights”. It’s that a person of colour will always think twice about standing up to a security guard because there is an assumption on the part of the authorities that a person of colour is more aggressive – hence, the security guard will be more impulsive about being punitive and using physical force than with a black person.

    • Sri

      September 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you for pointing this out. Being a PoC doesn’t mean that a person WILL be beaten for throwing a temper tantrum like this, but that they know that they might be, at least in the US, and many of us have decided to just go along to get along when confronted to avoid the possibility of any issues, whereas a white woman (especially if she was a wealthy white woman) has never had to learn that their safety might depend on their ability to bite their tongue. Hell, when I talk to cops (even though I’m a goody two shoes) I raise the pitch of my voice, because it makes me seem more feminine and, coupled with my baby face, might make me seem younger and less threatening because I’ve noticed that it makes a definite difference in how I am treated, and I’m like right on the border of white passing.

    • Guest ME

      September 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I agree with everything you have said. May I point out also that there are places where police are complete asses to everyone. I am a white woman and in my little town, the cops have been thugs for years. I fear them. When I was in an accident (not my fault), the town cops accosted me as I was laying on the pavement after being dragged from my car. They accused me of speeding and were generally dicks to me. I shut my mouth around them. One town over, they shot a 90lb autistic white kid who was holding a screwdriver last year. The nearest city to me, they shot and killed a 24 year old white woman sitting in a car because she was threatening to hurt herself and she had a weapon even though she never pointed it at anyone. Not to take away from your point about what predjudice POC face, but please don’t say that white people NEVER walk in fear of the police.

    • Tina

      September 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Hmm…I think you bring up a different point as well though (perhaps unintentionally) that there are many reasons why someone would be more conscious of the way they appear to authorities like cops or security guards and what they might do to change the perception in their favour. Seeming more feminine in general comes off as less threatening, as cops are much more likely to overreact unjustly when dealing with an aggravated man than woman. Also, any adult that I know (regardless of race) would agree that they feel they are more likely to be treated more aggressively when confronted by cops alone or with only other adults with them, as opposed to someone who has a baby or very small child in their arms. Although yes, I agree that race is one of the reasons that people “bite their tongue”, other things also affect why a person might have to consciously consider their behaviour too.

    • Courtney Lynn

      September 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      You just said it SO much better than I could have. This. Exactly this.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Again with the assumption that you know anything at all about how that security. . sigh. You win. She’s a white privilege racist psychopath who probably attend Klan meetings when she’s not on airplanes. Well done. You managed to miss my entire point.

    • Vรฉronique the Attachment Shark

      September 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Actually, I hear what you’re saying perfectly well. I’m trying to explain to you what “white privilege” means in the context of this article.

      It has nothing to do with the attitude of the security guard shown in the video (which was probably impeccable partly because he had a camera pointed in his face). It has nothing to do with the professionalism of most officers around the US. It has to do with ATTITUDES. (and not attitude by acting like a brat, attitude as the scientific concept of someone’s conception of the world and how it affects their behaviour and interactions).

      White privilege is a scientifically proven concept. It has been proven to exist, even now, time and time again. No matter whether the person who exhibits white privilege realizes or not, it is there.

      It does not mean that ALL security guards and officers will ALWAYS use more violence with ALL people of colour. What it means is that people of colour are aware that there is a bigger risk that they will run into problems with the law if their behaviour isn’t completely reproachable. It is something they think about whenever they leave their houses. They will always wonder if today is the day that they are going to be confronted to someone who will treat them unfairly because of unconscious (or conscious biases against people of colour).

      What this all means is that this woman most likely never once in her life feared that an officer would act out of proportion with her because of the colour of her skin. It means that she allowed herself to be a brat with him, never once imagining that the guy and his partners would physically accost her and use unnecessary force in order to get her to comply.

    • Ursi

      September 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Whether security would have treated a black person differently is actually beside the point. The point is the precedent that exists in this country.

      No one is saying the woman is a racist. No one is saying the security guard is a racist. The original point is that this kind of entitlement an expression of white privilege. She can get away with this attitude because she’s never had anything to fear from law enforcement. She enjoys the privilege of never being profiled or assumed to be dangerous. That’s all there is to it.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      No, it’s exactly the point – the argument has been that, except for her whiteness, she’s have been in for anything ranging from a beating to a shooting. And it’s wrong. And it’s disingenuous. And it’s ridiculous for multiple reasons.

      First there’s the argument that the exercise of white privilege can be both conscious or subconscious.

      If you’re arguing that she was consciously exercising her white privilege, then I honestly don’t know what to day. Making that judgement based on the evidence presented in the video seems hasty and ill informed.

      If you’re arguing that she exercised it subconsciously, then the was perfectly justified in her behavior. She’s a victim of White Privilege and doesn’t know any better.

      Sound a little crazy?

      Labeling her despicable behavior as anything other than it was legitimizes it to some degree and makes assumptions about the woman that are little more than biased guesses. Nothing is known about the mother other than she is self centered to the point of being almost comical.

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      This lady is a prime example of a white person using their white privilege. If you honestly believe that a person of color could’ve gotten away with behaving as she did, then you’re willfully ignorant.

    • AP

      September 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      A lot of white parents are like this. I’m white, and I work with kids, and I’m afraid of the white kids, because so many of their parents go off like nutjobs over the tiniest thing.

      I see a white mom and I cringe, because I’m going to get yelled at when her kid loses her hair tie or gets a turn that’s 2 seconds shorter than the other kid’s.

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      I’ve got to be honest, I don’t buy the “flustered mom” bit. It IS hard to travel with two young kids – I’ve done it several times. It is NOT hard to avoid yelling at flight attendants for asking you to do something, even if you disagree. It is also NOT hard to be respectful to security officers and police.

      You say which is worse, Bubble Guppies or a screaming kid, but that’s not a valid question to me. You can’t come onto a plane with only one way to entertain your child. If nothing else, what plan did she have for if the iPad ran out of batteries? Or if the novelty of Bubble Guppies wore off and her child wanted something else to do?

      She says she doesn’t feel safe around the officer, but I wouldn’t feel safe on a plane with a person behaving as she was. An overreaction to a minor inconvenience is scary, particularly when you’re in an enclosed space that you can’t easily exit.

    • FishQueen

      September 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      I have to raise my eyebrows whenever somebody pulls the “flustered mom” card in a situation like this. Flustered to me does not equal belligerent.

    • missiemeghan

      September 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

      I don’t see anyone blowing things out of proportion but the woman.

  33. Courtney Lynn

    September 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    She thinks she’s going to show everyone how right she is by uploading and broadcasting her own stupidity and self-importance? Yeah, good luck with that, lady.

  34. rockmonster

    September 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    WHAT IS GOING ON? WHO DO I SUPPORT?

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      See though, you are able to step outside your own experience and see that life might be different for others who are different than you.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      And I can too. We’re both fairly bright. Can’t speak for you Bleu.

    • rockmonster

      September 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Oh my poor grasshopper. You have so much to learn.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Fortunately I don’t expect you to speak for me.

    • welby

      September 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Thank god. It’s hard to limit myself like that.

  35. rockmonster

    September 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    And now on the ACTUAL topic. Lady, is your crotchfruit going to explode if she doesn’t get her daily dose of Bubble Guppies? No. Then suck it up! Children can entertain themselves (yes, even a two-year-old!), and there are other sources of entertainment.

    • TheCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Is it wrong for me to wish my kids were old enough to call them crotchfruit? Like, “Hey crotchfruit, your date is here!”

  36. keb2

    September 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Never mind EVERYTHING else that is wrong with this woman’s behavior, but I feel so sorry for her children who have this as a role model.

  37. April Showers

    September 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I have a question and don’t laugh at me because I’m not the most tech savvy person. I am flying with my 2 1/2 year old daughter next month. How do I get things to play on the iPad? Last time I took my iPad with me on a plane my movies wouldn’t play. Do you have to pay for WiFi? Or is there some other way?

    • rockmonster

      September 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Don’t they turn off Wi-Fi on planes? (Never been on one.)

    • CrazyFor Kate

      September 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Some planes are now introducing wi-fi, especially on domestic routes. Usually for a fee, I think.

    • Ro

      September 23, 2014 at 1:33 am

      I think some planes are just starting to get wifi, probably not too common yet though. You’ll have to purchase things for her to watch on iTunes. You can download tons of free apps too.

  38. CrazyFor Kate

    September 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    When you’re flying, you have to make an extra special effort to be decent to others, because travel is stressful and airplanes are not exactly fun spaces. Anyone who fails to observe this rule can fuck right off, no matter how pweshus their toddler is.

  39. krissmcc

    September 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    So sad the example she is setting for her kids!!

  40. Horrid Baby Names

    September 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Force the kid to wear headphones or put away the iPad.

    Simple as that.

  41. Mehra Sarethi

    September 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    She sounds like a fucking entitled bitch. Someone needs to tell her that the world doesn’t revolve around her speshul spawn.

    • TheCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      TOTALLY off topic, but “Sarethi” is my daughter’s middle name! I haven’t ever come across another person with it.

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      That’s awesome! I actually use it because it’s my dark elf’s name in Skyrim. Yes, I’m a nerd. XD

    • TheCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      We took the Sanskrit word for “charioteer” …she’s totally a trail blazer!

      Disqus is acting up again…

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      I had no idea it was linked to a Sanskrit word. What an awesome meaning and a cool name for a kid! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • TheCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. Rachel

    September 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Author, You are stupid!

    • Foreskin Magpie

      September 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      lolol
      YOU HEAR THAT, MARIA?

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      #mariaisdumb

    • Petunia Fickle Bitch

      September 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      AUTHOR!!! >:O
      Author, the meat loaf! Fuck!!!

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Author! I am so offended by your article that I will make a guest account to write a comment to tell you that you are stupid. I can’t be bothered to actually write anything resembling an opinion though, so you’ll just have to guess why I think you are dumb.

    • Petunia Fickle Bitch

      September 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      random Capitalization!!!!!!!

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    • whiteroses

      September 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Well, how can we possibly refute such an eloquent and precise response?

    • rockmonster

      September 22, 2014 at 11:16 pm

  43. Spitting_mad

    September 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    And guys?
    She’s in charge of a small person.

    • brebay

      September 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      I hope that small person grows up to sue her for college tuition.

  44. brittany mathis

    September 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Somebody needs to slap that woman.

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 23, 2014 at 3:21 am

      I would gladly slap the shit out of her.

  45. Meri Da

    September 23, 2014 at 3:33 am

    OMG bitch STFU! if you did not doing anything wrong before..you are really fucking things over now! gees!

  46. Rowan

    September 23, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Outside, everybody, outside!

  47. Capt.Obvious

    September 23, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I truly hope her children are not home schooled! Yikes!

  48. Layla

    September 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Then line up everybody line up.

    What time is it?

    It’s time for jail

  49. ted3553

    September 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

    This wouldn’t have happened had I been around because I would have casually walked past her and throat punched her and kept on walking. Seriously lady? Whammo!

  50. Jessieface

    September 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

    A few years ago on one of my normal flights from NY to CA, 6 hours of hell stuffed into a metal tube on a normal occasion. THIS TIME was extra special because a toddler behind me kicked my seat for the entire transcontinental journey. I turned around after about an hour and was nice and pleasant and tried to be understanding. I figured traveling with anyone is hard, let alone a child under 10. I was all set to cut the parent some slack, because I am rational and we are all human. That is until the mother took out her earphones and stopped ignoring her child only long enough to inform me he was “only 3” and I needed to “figure out a way to deal with it”, because he had “nothing else to do”. She then put her earphones back in, and closed her eyes. I was still quite young and not confident enough to say anything back to her, but when I look back now I am enraged for my younger self, and enraged for that child. Yes, he was only 3, but I am fully he was fully capable of keeping his feet to himself. His mom was selfish and used his being captive on a plane as an excuse to ignore him. I am always sympathetic to parents flying with young children. But I have become less and less patient with those people who are not actively trying to parent those young children during the flight.

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  52. F.A. Hayek

    September 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    as a commercially certificated pilot, I would have loved to know that this woman spent the night in jail and her child a night in a foster home. Flying was a lot more civil and fun when only the rich could do it.

    14 C.F.R. ยงยง 91.11, 121.580, 135.120. = JAIL

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