If you’ve ever been in the unenviable situation where you are on a plane near a crying baby, you know exactly where I’m going with this…
GET YOUR FUCKING BABY OFF THE PLANE!
It amazes me that certain rules about being a decent human being are brushed away due to age. We are all humans and we are all supposed to be equal… yet in our society we’ve adopted this “way its been” mentality where we allow stupid, inefficient business/life models to rule our lives because “that’s the way it’s been.”
If I turned at you in the supermarket and screamed in your ear at the top of my lungs, I’m fairly certain that you wouldn’t appreciate it. Hell, some people actually resort to physical violence if someone screams in their face.
Yet on a plane vs a helpless baby our options are none–deal with it or don’t fly.
Seriously? Deal with a baby screaming in my ear? How about not allowing babies on planes? Or alternatively, how about allowing me to scream at the top of my lungs in the baby’s face (and its parents faces.) After all, I’m only reciprocating what their baby is doing to me (and anyone else in earshot).
I’ve been on many flights where it was announced that the flight would be serving pretzels instead of peanuts because someone on the plane has a peanut allergy. The entire snack procedure is adjusted based on the health concerns of one person. Call me crazy, but couldn’t a constant scream in one’s ear be considered a health concern as well? I can think of numerous reasons why screaming in someone’s face could be dangerous to their health.
The saddest irony is that much of the time, the little baby’s parents didn’t even have to pay to bring the baby on the plane, yet everyone in earshot who is being negatively affected did pay for their tickets. This is an example of Airlines choosing a small fraction of their paying customers (the baby’s parents) over a much larger portion of their paying customers (everyone else!)
Having a child shouldn’t give you the right to negatively affect the life of another. on those lines, NOTHING gives you the right to negatively affect the life of another… more on that soon!
UPDATE 6/30/11: Malaysia Airlines: no more infants in 1st class! http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/06/malaysia-airlines-baby-ban/175760/1