Banning Kids from Airplanes? One Woman is Fed up with Getting Kicked on the Plane
I'm not going to lie: I really struggle on airplanes. It's not that I get claustrophobic, and it's not because I can't handle the food — I just get super bad restless legs. I don't know what it is, but whenever I get onto a plane or get into someplace where I feel a little confined for a relatively long period of time, I feel like I'm just about ready to jump out of my skin. Just ask my fiancee. She has to deal with my restless leg syndrome, too.
For others, it's not restless legs that make them want to run around and scream. In fact, it's other little people that are moving around, kicking and screaming. It's loud obnoxious kids that make some people really hate flying.
This past week, UK journalist Kelly Rose Bradford pretty much said she's sick of dealing with other people's kids on the plane. “You’ve got miserable, moany people like me who do not want your delightful children wailing in my ear for my flight,” Bradford told, This Morning, a UK talk show. It's one thing to have to deal with your own kids on a long road trip or, in this case, a long flight, but for some reason, there's an extra level of annoyance that accompanies the obnoxiousness of other people's children, according to Bradford.
To back that up, she said that she didn't even travel with her son when he was younger so that she could spare herself and others the pain that children are on planes. “I didn't travel, I didn’t fly with [my son], simply because I didn't want the grief, and I didn't want to subject everyone else to it as well, because I know how irritating it is when you are the person sitting next to that family, behind them or in front of them.”
Those are pretty tough words.
Her solution to the problem? Banning kids from flights … or at last having either a kids-only section or a family section. “We've got business class, we've got first class, why can't we have a family section?” she said.
What do you think? Are you OK with being locked into a plane with screaming kids, or would you be supportive of a child ban or family sections on planes? Let me know what you think.