If you’ve ever flown with a young child, you know how stressful it can be – keeping them busy, constantly trying to thwart tantrums, and feeling a great sense of guilt and embarrassment about the “disruption” your child might cause to other passengers. It’s a lot to deal with for every parent, especially when things get catastrophic. After a passenger had filmed the eight-hour tantrum that a toddler had thrown on an international flight, the mother of the child faces the biggest blame.
Shane Townley recorded the tantrum and placed it on YouTube in a video titled: “Demonic child screams and runs through an 8-hour flight.”
According to the Townley video, the flight traveled from Germany to Newark, New Jersey. He says that the tantrum of the child lasted almost the entire time.
It begins before the plane has even taken off.
The child’s mother instructs him to sit down, but his screaming does not seem to stop.
The boy then begins to climb on his seat to entertain himself.
Townley says the mother tried to take action to keep her son calm first. “Let’s get the WiFi network going so we can get the iPad going,” it sounds like she’s told a flight attendant. Unfortunately that doesn’t work either.
Townley said the boy’s screaming only got quieter when he was allowed to run through the plane.
But even that doesn’t take long, because he starts screaming louder. Although the child is not in the camera for the next seven hours or so, it clearly records the sounds of his temper. The noise even continues as the passengers leave the plane. At the end a woman can clearly be heard saying “What a nightmare. Oh my God, eight hours of screaming.”
As soon as the video went viral, people were quick to blame the child’s mother.
Constantly having to entertain a child while traveling is a lot to deal with, someone admitted, but “that is your job as a parent.”
Some even said the mother should never have taken her “misbehave” child on a flight.
But others showed a little more empathy for the boy and his mother and embarrassed Townley for recording her.
It is clear that nobody on this flight was happy – not Shane Townley, not the rest of the passengers, and certainly not the mother and her son.
No one could blame people for anger or irritation about having to endure the antics of this child, but it is also important that we practice a little understanding. We have no idea what this mother and her child have been through, and although that deafening cry was probably hell for eight hours to hear, that mother probably had to deal with it for much longer.
Frequent flyers have been campaigning for child-free flights for a while, but no airline seems to be implementing these rules. The Daily Mail spoke with former Virgin Atlantic director Paul Charles, who explained that banning children from flights is a poor precedent for discrimination. “It would be a bad decision for an airline to banish children,” he said. “Once you did that, would you ban other types of travelers? It would be a mistake.”