No friendly skies for mom traveling w...

No friendly skies for mom traveling with two small kids

There are 16 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 28, 2008, titled No friendly skies for mom traveling with two small kids. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

THOMASTON, Maine - I would like to thank the man who helped me during my recent flight from Maine to Orlando.

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Annapolis, MD

#2 Jul 28, 2008
Thanks for sharing your experience. I guess I have been so busy with my own crummy travel experiences, I have paid hardly any attention to any one else. I'll try to do better. All the best to you and your children. Compared to travel with children, all other travel is first class!
Alex Hamilton

Hunt Valley, MD

#3 Jul 28, 2008
Have you thought of asking for help next time?? While your struggle may be obvious to you it may not be for total strangers how are also trying to navigate the airport. As a man I am also a bit reluctant to approach a woman as I am concerned they may interpret my motives the wrong way. If asked I would happily help anyone though

Baltimore, MD

#4 Jul 28, 2008
In all my travels I have never had a parent traveling with their screaming children apologizing for making my flight so dreadful. The next time your children are running around the terminal screaming, kicking the back of someone's seat, or you holding up the line struggling with your gear, or your children being just a general annoyance to others trying to enjoy their hard earned vacations....apologize to those around you. You may be more likely to get some sympathy for your lack of parenting skills.

Baltimore, MD

#5 Jul 28, 2008
Oh, forgive us most downtrodden Madame. as a former frequent business traveler, looking forward to being sentenced to another week in Hayti, Missouri, or Fort Scott, Kansas (which at least used to be dry), traveling on the same plane with small chldren was just another part of the experience akin to dental surgery.

I have had my hair pulled, been hit over the head, had the back of my seat used for a bass drum, and pretty sure I've had my eardrum perforated from a series of bloodcurdling screams just inches behind my head.

While I'm sure I would have cheerfully offered you any assistance that you may have required in my immediate vicinity, I went out of my way to avoid anyone traveling with an infant or a toddler, particularly if they were a single adult. I realize now that I deeply resented your intrusion into my realm, and was probably the reason I kept my children off of airplanes until they had reached a civilized age.

I apologize for being a miscreant, but your pleasure cruise didn't turn our trip into one for us.

Towson, MD

#6 Jul 28, 2008
I travelled extensively with two small children some thirty years ago and although there weren't the security lines there are now and my kids were very good travelers, I always asked for help and got it! If you don't appear harried and overhwelmed, people are much more likely to help in the same way as asking someone to watch your bag while you go to the ladies room. Still today I ask for help lifting my carry-on into the compartment and bringing it down upon arrival. I have never received a "no" for an answer. Don't wait for someone to offer; you'll be waiting all day!!!!

Columbia, MD

#7 Jul 28, 2008
I, too, am a parent. While my own daughter is now a grown woman, I truly do not relish the idea of traveling with small children, nor do I wish to be traveling with someone who has a young child (or children) with him/her. I am sure that some children are reasonably well-behaved; however, in my experience, some are just unruly little heathens.

Washington, DC

#8 Jul 28, 2008
Comments here about "screaming children" and other having their business trips to East-of-nowhereland "ruined" show why America is in decline and heading to Fourth World status. These sorts of me-first, I'm more-important than your kids attitudes are why countries that do value the interests of kids (i.e., most of Europe and Asia), are kicking our *ass economically and socially. We took our 2 y/o to both Denmark and Norway and no one complained about his talking while in the restaurant, or his running down the sidewalk. Shockers, the Copenhagen airport even had a kid's play area right there by the gate. That's OK, in the US the kids can kick your seat for entertainment while you wait in the terminal for your delayed plane. But remember, it's the kid's fault.

San Francisco, CA

#9 Jul 28, 2008
Explain to me again why everyone else is supposed to be extra tolerant of your your screaming brats? Funny how having kids was your choice, but suddenly it is society who has to deal with them.

San Francisco, CA

#10 Jul 28, 2008
America in decline? Really? Just because some of us ask that you take responsibility for the out of control monsters YOU chose to bring into the world? How amazingly selfish.
Maryland Mom

Beltsville, MD

#11 Jul 28, 2008
Two questions:
1. Why didn't you calmly ask for help with the stroller? Realize your limitations. No one will volunteer to help someone thrashing around with a metal device.
2. Where was the father of the children during all this?

It is your responsibility to make sure you and your children do not intrude into everyone else' travel experience. Until you can do this, stay just home for a couple of years. Have the grandparents visit YOU.

Flint, MI

#12 Jul 28, 2008
Well, glad everyone is in a charitable mood today. I read the article and frankly was a little embarassed that I often don't step forward to offer assistance. I guess we just get wrapped up in our own problems and fail to see the obvious (and simple) needs of those around us. P.S. Not all kids are out of control monsters, just likfe not all adults are out of control monsters. Though I have known plenty. Have a little empathy.
Alex Hamilton

Hunt Valley, MD

#13 Jul 28, 2008
There is plenty of empathy, but if you need help just ask for it. People in general are very accommodating.
Expecting total strangers to view your situation, figure out that you have an issue and run right over and offer their help is actually a very selfish way of thinking.

Palmdale, CA

#14 Jul 28, 2008
Since the airline industry has declared all men sexual predators and will not seat unaccompanied children near men, it is little surprise that men tend to go out of their way to avoid eye contact or any other kind of acknowlegement that children exist. Woe be the man who smiles at a child or pats one on the head. Next time make an effort to find out who the father(s) of these children are and ask him/them for assistance navigating the airport.

United States

#15 Jul 28, 2008
If you can't handle you stuff, don't go. Why is it other people's responsibility to deal with your stroller.

Here is a hint... don't take the kid until they are old enough to carry their own weight or better yet leave the stroller at home!

Another thing that pisses me off... old bastards that need the special assistance to get around the airport. Walk like every freaking body else. Same rules apply... if you can't walk or need depends because you piss your pants. STAY HOME!

Washington, DC

#16 Jul 29, 2008
LOL! Thanks for all the comments proving my point! Have a good one!!

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jul 29, 2008
I haven't flown in three years - I was a road warrior, but I must admit I've felt every emotion expressed in these first sixteen posts.
I don't hope to fly again anytime soon, but I'm a decent human being, so if do fly and you see me and you need help like this again, please just ask. It's not like my plane will be on time.

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