You are now free to move about the cabin — unless you're a kid

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  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    @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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Michael Matthews Omaha, NE
    Sept. 3, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    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.