Man baffled after he's told not to talk to his own child on a flight | The Sun07/18/2022
FLYING with children is a stressful experience for all involved.
However, one man has revealed that it wasn't his toddler's screaming or naughty behaviour that annoyed a fellow passenger on his flight, but just a simple conversation.
In a post on Reddit the father explained how a chat with his three-year-old kid was enough to irritate the woman in the seat next to him, so much so that she told him to stop.
He wrote: "My son and I were flying home from vacation… He's young enough not to need a ticket and just sit in my lap, so we did that to save money. We ended up in a middle seat, which sucks, but oh well.
"Anyway, he was still asleep when we got on the plane (very early flight).
"The lady at the window also fell asleep as soon as she sat down. The guy at the aisle put headphones in and started playing on his phone. All was relatively peaceful.
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"About an hour in my son woke up and we started chatting. We talked about what we did on vacation, how we're excited to see mom again, you know, typical three-year-old conversation.
"Then I feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn and see window lady (sorry, I don't know her name) with her sunglasses off. Her eyes were red and she was glaring.
"I smiled at her and asked if she needed something. She said she needed me to be quiet so she could sleep. I was a bit taken aback. I joked that the quiet car is on the other side of the plane.
"She said no one wanted to hear my conversation. I got annoyed at that point and told her to wear headphones. She said she didn't have any. I shrugged and went back to talking to my son."
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The woman then took things further by complaining to the cabin crew, who offered her a new seat.
However, she refused the move, saying she had paid extra for the window seat.
She then went on to insult the man in front of his child.
He added: "I felt like the lady was being rude and entitled and said I was happy where I was and preferred not to move.
"The hostess shrugged and walked off. Window lady said I was a d***. I said it takes one to know one and not to curse in front of my kid.
"She crossed her arms and turned away. I turned my attention back to my kid. Nothing else happened after that."
Other users stuck up for the man and said the woman next to him should have been more prepared for the flight.
One wrote: "Your child was behaving. It's not your fault she's a light sleeper.
"She was given the opportunity to move and chose not to, so it couldn't have been that disruptive for her.
"She's not entitled to dictate orders to complete strangers to change seats because she'd prefer it."
Another said: "An airplane is a public space. Talking from others is to be expected."
A third added: "There’s a reason they invented ear plugs and noise-cancelling headphones.
"No one is entitled on a plane to total silence. Moving would have been letting bullies win and your kid didn’t need to see that."
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