Throwing stuff at the internet to see what sticks
Friday, July 13, 2007 Trash and I put off M. Small's first airplane flight for as long as we could. Let's put it this way: he hadn't turned two when we flew to New Mexico last fall, but he had when we flew back.
It turned out to be fine both ways, and we decided afterward that we'd been kind of silly for worrying so much. After all, what was the worst that could have happened?
We were stressed out enough knowing there was a chance that M. Small would wiggle and bitch all the way through the flight. If we'd known that some insane fascist flight attendant had the power to strand us in the middle of an airport terminal with no baby supplies after making us sit through an 11-hour delay just for repeating a phrase over and over, we probably would have stayed home.
As it is, we're only going to fly non-stop from now on. posted by M. Giant 1:38 PM 6 comments
I saw this story on Good Morning America. That woman is a real bitch - and I love that she gets away with it so the terrorists don't win. I won't be flying Continental any time soon.
I've been stuck in an airport with no more diapers in my carry-on, a toddler with diarrhea, very little formula left, no stores open, no food purveyors open, 3 hr delay - it was heck on earth! If another mom hadn't been there with extra diapers, I would've been in big, big trouble! That flight attendant needs her head examined, esp since other passengers had no problem with the child. Geez.
That story made me see red. I've travelled nearly 75,000 miles with my daughter (who is 27 months) and what I've realized is that airlines feel under no obligation to help children and their parents. I have always bought my daughter her own seat and they still make comments to me to the effect that she is not a real passenger and so they are doing me a favor and not required to heat my bottle/let me board early/have my stroller at the gate. I really think that parents need to get a bit more militant about the rights of families who travel and write letters of complaint whenever they are treated badly. Luckily, Ella has always been fantastically easy to travel with, but its not thanks to the airline staff.
Air travel is not a service-with-a-smile, anything-we-can-do kind of industry anymore. It's not that way for anyone. Kids, parents, anyone. It's a cattle call, and I'm not sure the problem is that airlines don't care about parents as much as it is that airlines don't much care about anyone. When I travel as a single person, I never fail to feel like the airlines do nothing but coddle people with kids, even when the kids are being total bratty assholes, but this just goes to show you that it entirely depends on where you're sitting. Everywhere I go, it feels to me like parents get every possible break, and everywhere I go, parents are convinced that they're mistreated.
I don't know why people travel with babies. Just keep them at home until they are old enough to behave themselves. Babies don't need to leisure travel, a toddler doesn't need to fly to go on vacation or visit their mother's friends. If you have baby just stay home for the first 8 years. You have to make sacrifices when you are a parent, and one of the sacrifices should be that you don't get to fly. Bringing a baby or small child on a plane is extremely selfish - it's bad for the baby, the fellow passengers, the flight crew, and probably no fun for the parents either. So why do it?