Few topics stir up more passions than the subject of children on planes. And the issue hit the headlines recently when a man was arrested for slapping a crying toddler (while adding a racial slur). It’s one of those subjects where, at different points in life, travelers find themselves on different sides of the argument.
When my daughter Samantha was 18 months old, we made the mistake of flying from Albany, New York, to Las Vegas — nonstop. It was like traveling with a chimpanzee. Contained in a metal tube for six hours with no understanding of her personal space, or anyone else’s, she wanted to run up and down the aisle and screamed when we tried to distract her with all the toys we had lugged on board.
What, if any, rights do passengers have regarding other passenger’s children? Especially if the parents seem to be neglecting their duties.