Thursday, November 5, 2009

Flying the (Not So) Friendly Skies

The Interwebs have been abuzz of late with news of kids and flying.

The first story that caught my eye was that of blogger Nic at My Bottle's Up who posted that her "son was taken from [her] by the TSA agents at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport."  Her post - which detailed a sequence of events during which her son's pacifier clip set off the metal detector and he was removed from her arms and then her sight - immediately drew attention from sympathetic parents, outraged by her experience.  The post also drew the attention of the TSA, which responded with a blog post of its own, providing several minutes of video of the incident - footage which ultimately contradicted Nic's story point by point.

Then last week Broadsheet had news of a mom and her two year old son who were kicked off of a Southwest flight from Amarillo, Texas to San Jose after the child repeatedly screamed "Go, plane, go!" and "I want Daddy!"  From the stories I've read, it isn't entirely clear who was more at fault - the mom, who chose not to give her kid a snack because she wanted to wait until the plane was in the air so that the chewing would help alleviate pressure in her son's ears, or the flight crew, who don't seem to have made much of an effort to warn the mom the consequence of her choice.  Southwest apologized to the mother and reimbursed her for the flight.

But by far the best tale of kids and planes was a far less bizarre one: Johanna Stein guest posted on Motherlode with a story of her ill-fated attempt to comfort her own melting-down toddler daughter on a recent flight from Chicago to Florida.  Stein's tale was a valuable addition to the conversation because it featured the one element that any parent needs to survive travel with a wee one: humor, and lots of it.

Do you have an air travel horror story of your own?  Any tips for flying moms and dads?

1 comment:

  1. Your comment made my week of not my month. And made me cry. THANK YOU.



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