We’ve all been on those plane rides from hell in which a small child cannot pull it together and everyone suffers as a result. Probably no one more so than the parents who not only have to listen to the insane rantings of their toddler, but also have to endure hateful stares from other passengers. Occasionally we ourselves are those miserable parents.
But how pissed would you be if you were this woman? I just read this story [thanks for the tip, MotherTalkers]. After waiting 11, that’s e-lev-en, hours in the airport for their delayed plane, passengers on a Continental Express flight from Houston were snug in their seats getting ready for takeoff while the stewardess went through the safety info that no one ever listens to.
As the plane was taxiing to the runway during the safety demonstration, Kate Penland’s 19-month old son Garren, kept repeating over and over, “bye-bye plane, bye-bye plane.” A reasonable thing for a kid who’s waited 11 hours at the gate to be saying. But then Penland says the stewardess did this:
“As she finished, she leaned over the gentleman who was sitting next to me, and she said, ‘OK, it’s not funny anymore. You need to shut your baby up,'” Penland said.
Penland explained Garren would likely fall asleep soon. The toddler wasn’t crying or throwing a fit.
Penland told Eyewitness News, “She said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Regardless, I don’t want to hear it.’ And she said it’s called baby Benadryl and (made a drinking motion.) And I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to drug my child so you have a pleasant flight.'”
The next thing Penland knew, the plane was heading back to the gate and she and garrulous Garren were bounced from the flight. The police were called, but Penland was not charged or even given a ticket.
As if traveling with small children weren’t trying enough. Now we’re supposed to keep them from talking? Good luck. I can just picture it now: My family gets on a plane to Boston this summer to visit the grandparents and Sasha starts to cry. Fearing ejection for loud noises, I lift up my shirt to nurse him into silence when I get a red card for indecent exposure and we’re all booted anyway. The perfect way to start our summer vacation.