@Hutterite, there is a difference between a restaurant, which in this case I
assume you are talking about a higher end restaurant, and public transportation.
Like it or not, airlines are nothing more than a fancy form of public
transportation. The fact that you have to pay a higher fee, and you are trapped
for a longer period of time does not change that.Yes, flying can be
stressful for kids, but not necessarily because they are feeling
'entitled'. The pressure changes that adults adjust to, and the
cramped conditions that we complain about but put up with anyway are even worse
for children. Parents can be prepared for those conditions, but airline and
security restrictions keep making it harder and harder. Hate paying
carry on fees? It is even worse if you are trying to fly as a family and trying
to bring enough stuff on board to keep the kids entertained. Find the liquid
restrictions to be a problem? Try flying with a baby.A little
consideration goes a long way.
Airline passengers, myself included, are also becoming less kid friendly.
That's because kids (and I'm generalising here, not every one does it)
entitled behaviour that is bratty and annoying in a restaurant is downright
obnoxious in a cramped aircraft. And it does happen. It's becoming
necessary to accept that there are some environments which are not unfriendly to
kids but that kids simply don't belong there. Not every movie, workplace,
or conveyance needs to be designed to accommodate children.
Can't say I agree with much of the implications here. A couple of
anecdotal stories of people saying mean things. I get that at the grocery
store. Airlines charging more for unaccompanied minors... Let's see
they have to assign someone to watch the child or teenager so... makes perfect
sense. Nothing really unfriendly about that. It's called "fair"
not "unfriendly". Passengers complaining about unruly kids.
Of course! Unruly kids when they are really bad throw tantrums. They have much
more energy than any drunk has. Sure the drunk may do something crazier, but he
or she doesn't have the stamina. On the other hand, an unruly kid and
we've all seen them, can really go on and on and on. Makes
sense and anyway, that has nothing to do with the airlines being unfriendly but
the with passengers of the airlines getting their patience tried.