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Old 06-17-2014, 08:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I just endured a horrific southwest airline flight filled with screaming crying kids who would not shut up. All the mother did was "shhhh". Does that qualify as sufficient these days? What obligation do these parents have for the other passengers? Or do they? Should they leave the kids at home?

 
Old 06-17-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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I just endured a horrific southwest airline flight filled with screaming crying kids who would not shut up. All the mother did was "shhhh". Does that qualify as sufficient these days? What obligation do these parents have for the other passengers? Or do they? Should they leave the kids at home?
It sounds pretty irresponsible to just let kids scream --- very self-centered and uncaring for the misery of both other passengers and the kids themselves. Screaming kids aren't happy kids.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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If it had been my kid I would have spanked her right then and there. Whiny ass/screaming kids have no place in public places! Who says that? I say that...and Robert D. Raiford!
 
Old 06-17-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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In one word................YES!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 06-17-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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Sometimes taking kids with you places is unavoidable. Sometimes the pressure from flying hurts kids ears and, especially if they're young and can't consciously do things to help alleviate the pressure, it just keeps hurting.

Of course parents should do a heck of a lot more than saying, "Shhh..." occasionally. Obviously that's wrong.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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Young kids' ears pop rather painfully when planes descend. If that was the cause of the crying, there really isn't much that the parents could do about it.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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What age were the screaming kids?
 
Old 06-17-2014, 09:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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What age were the screaming kids?
I would guess 3-4 yrs of age. Would any of you go do far as to ask the parents to quiet their loud kids?
 
Old 06-17-2014, 09:17 PM
 
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I just endured a horrific southwest airline flight filled with screaming crying kids who would not shut up. All the mother did was "shhhh". Does that qualify as sufficient these days? What obligation do these parents have for the other passengers? Or do they? Should they leave the kids at home?
I sense a bit of exaggeration. A plane "full" of screaming kids, and one mother saying "shhh"? No father along to help?

Nobody wants to hear children cry on a plane, including the parents. But, it happens. Illness, ear problems, long delays etc can all be a cause. What exactly can the parents do at 30,000 feet except try to comfort the child?

We fly regularly, and it just doesn't happen that often. I tend to give the parents a sympathetic look and pop in ear plugs.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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They have an obligation to try. But if they haven't been trained at home it's unlikely they'll suddenly be well behaved on a plane just because you want them to.
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