Toddler Throws Tantrum on Airplane – Met By Police!

Ok so yes traveling with children can be a nightmare – for both the parents of the child and sometimes the other passengers. But what could cause the flight crew on one flight to call the police on a young family with a 2-year-old that was having a meltdown?

childrenAccording to the father of the 2-year-old he was instructed to strap his son into his own seat for the takeoff. The kid was already crying so putting him in his own seat the kid was not happy. He was screaming and yelling. The flight attendant told the father that his son is too loud and if they couldn’t calm him down in the next three minutes they would have to leave the plane.

The parents were able to calm him down until they hit turbulence during the four-hour flight and he resumed wailing again. The tension grew between the family and cabin crew to the point where the airline staff requested police saying the family had been abusive toward them. When the plane landed they were all ushered off and met by police “like criminals.”

A study conducted in 2013 by travel site Expedia found that 63 percent of those polled admitted they’re often annoyed by parents traveling with loud children – and 49 percent of those would even pay extra to be seated in an area that is child-free. As a passenger with no children on a flight why don’t you put yourself in the parents shoes? Would you be beyond embarrassed if you were unable to quiet your child down? Parents with children have a right to fly too. As long as a parent is trying to resolve the problem I don’t see an issue with it. Why don’t you try to help the parent? Talk to the child. Sometimes a new person saying something will distract the kid from what is bothering them.

If you’re a parent with a young child and you’re preparing to fly here are some tips that can help you:

  1. Prep toddlers for what’s to come. “When children can get a visual for what they’re about to do, it doesn’t feel as scary and unfamiliar to them,” said Rachel Ceder, founder of a NYC parenting support service. More confidence from the child means fewer freak outs. Sit down with books about airplanes and YouTube videos and explain what the flight will be like.
  2. Time travel by sleep schedule. If your child is on a nap schedule, try to fly during that window and embrace an overnight flight. Go through the whole bedtime routine on the plane to make it more normals. If your child is over two there may even be something about giving them some Benadryl to help them fall asleep.
  3. Pack surprise treats. It’s a smart idea to wrap up small gifts and give them to the flight attendant or to passengers sitting near you. Ask them to show up and give your child one ever now and then as a treat for good behavior. Some ideas are magnetic activity books, post it notes and gadgets that kids aren’t familiar with that will keep them distracted.
  4. Stock up on snacks too. Bring along a bunch of snacks to keep your kid happy and quiet. Kids are cranky if they get hungry so make sure they don’t get hungry! Make it special too. If your child has a favorite snack put a spin on it and make something different for them.
  5. Keep your cool. Remember that you have to be ready to give your children a lot of attention during flights. Tantrums can start because the child feels powerless, strapped in their seat without any choices. Give them lots of options about what to play with and engage with them as much as possible. The more entertained they are, the better behavior you’ll get.

Have you traveled with your young children on an airplane? Any suggestions as to how to keep a child calm during a flight?

Posted on October 29, 2014, in Commentary and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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