It’s a parent and passenger’s worse nightmare — an inconsolable child having a tantrum when you’re 30,000 feet in the air.
Last week, the Khalfin family experienced the worst of it. Upon takeoff, 2-year-old Sam started having a tantrum of massive proportions. While the toddler started crying in Leo Khalfin’s lap, a flight attendant told him that the boy needed to be buckled in his own seat.
“I buckled him in and he was of course screaming and yelling,” the frazzled dad recalled. “And I held him with force.”
When the boy kept on wailing, the flight attendant threatened the family, saying, “Your son is too loud. If you’re not going to keep him calm in the next three minutes, you guys are going to have to leave the plane.’”
Using all of their parental skills, the parents were able to calm Sam down, just up until the point when the turbulence kicked in, and he went back to wailing.
As the flight continued, the flight attendants requested police to meet the family in St. Louis, claiming the family had been abusive towards them. As soon as the plane landed, the Khalfins were escorted by the police.
While I understand how difficult it may be to have a screaming child onboard a flight, it’s also quite difficult to blame parents who are trying all they can to calm their child down.