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Woman Sues Airline over Screaming Toddler!

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momlogic's Vivian:Last year, I wrote a blog called "Air Wars" --a vivid recollection of a nightmare plane ride with my inconsolable 2-year old. Half of you deeply felt my pain; the other half felt compelled to chastise me for neglecting to drug my daughter into a complacent, drooling silence. (Benadryl isn't always the answer, BTW -- it's scientifically proven to make some kids even more hyper. But I digress.)

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Anyway, a poor mom enveloped in the flames of a similar hell recently had to tolerate even bigger jackasses than I did -- and one of them even sprung a lawsuit on the airline! reports that American tourist Jean Barnard, 67, found the nerve to sue Qantas because (she claims) the staff of the airline failed to protect her from the screaming toddler she blames for permanent hearing loss!

Barnard said, "The pain was so excruciating that I didn't even know I was deaf." In response,Qantas legal said, "Flight attendants cannot predict when children aboard an aircraft are about to scream. There is no evidence that the child was screaming in the terminal, or on board the aircraft prior to the particular scream which allegedly caused the damage."

The case settled last week, but we were treated to this last missive from the woman (WHO WORE A HEARING AID DURING THE FLIGHT IN QUESTION): "I guess we are simply fortunate that my eardrum was exploding and I was swallowing blood. Had it not been for that, I would have dragged that kid out of his mother's arms and stomped him to death."

Um, her preexisting deafness couldn't have been aggravated by the sudden change in cabin pressure that occurs during ALL flights, could it?

And lemme guess: She doesn't have kids, right?

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stinkybrat41 July 28, 2010, 5:17 PM

I hate to fly because the pain that taking off and landing causes to my ears. The pain is excruciating- aboard a flight to fla. w/ my 2 yr. old who also was in pain due to the same reason- she screamed and cried about the last 20 min. of the flight-that in itself pained me but it was painful and irritating to me that I got a few who looked at me like ” can’t you shut that kid up?” but there is absolutley nothing that can be done. Young Children cannot always verbalize “I’m scared, cold, too hot etc.” so guess what? THEY C-R-Y!!!. To waste the time, paper, manpower etc. in bringing an action in the courts is indeed a selfish, arrogant and might I add “childish” stunt to pull. I’m sure the judicial system is gluted enough w/ a back-load of legitimate causes to hear and resolve but this- no way.Our tax dollars get wasted enough as it is w/o someone making it worst- just because something is your “right” does’nt mean you can step on someone else’s rights solely to assert your own.

Claudia July 28, 2010, 10:26 PM

I believe that people do have a right to go out and enjoy themselves, without having to hear crying, yelling,and whining . When my children were younger I never experienced any of this because they were taught how to act in public, and my husband and I received several compliments on how well behaved their were. Being told that your children are well behaved is one of highest praise for a parent.

amor July 29, 2010, 6:46 PM

it’s an unfortunate situation.and i understand when people are saying take a different means of transportation other than flying. well how about when your family gets stationed from the states to overseas? i’m pretty sure you have no other choice then to fly. we had to take our almost 2 year old on a more than 10 hr crankiness was expected. yes, we got dirty looks..but they just had to deal with it and so did we.

Anonymous July 30, 2010, 12:29 PM

WTF!This is the only think is coming in my mind right now!Are you guys from other planet or what?Where in the world it says that babies and toddlers do not belong to planes???How you suppose to cross an ocean for examples?Trains???Bussines class are not for kids????Who says that?When you pay your ticket you just pay a seat and nothing else is coming with it,sometimes not even a drink, not to mention quite place where you can sleep.HOw about the noise you have to hear from a stinky old man next to you that snors like a horse?I can not believe what I read sometimes!That person sould never win the case, and the other person,Anon should never be allow to travel! I am sure you are one of the old women rolling your eyes when you see a child!Shame on you!That is all I can say!

militarymom July 30, 2010, 7:13 PM

wow, guys, really? there are 2 sides to the story. as the mother of a terrible toddler, i would never consider taking her on a plane because of her behavior. but sometimes you have to do what you have to do…how do we know that these parents weren’t flying for a funeral? a deathbed visit? but for allowing their child to lean over & scream into someones ear obviously meant they were not paying attention at the time. as for the woman, give me a break, talk about sue happy & her ambulance chasing lawyer. understanding she was in severe pain but she talks about stomping a child to death & people can actually sympathize with her???? do you visit the mass murderers of the world or how would you feel if you were stomped to death? there were 2 wrongs, the parents & the woman, not the airline stewards/stewartesses.

stinkybrat41 August 7, 2010, 9:49 PM

hey claudia your right, that is one of the high points of parenting- i have also taught my child, and received compliments- we’re good parents, we did what we were supposed to by teaching them how to behave in public… guess what? none of it made a bit of difference to that 2 yr. old w/ an earache. what was i supposed to do? lecture her on proper plane etiquette? use corporal punishment ‘till she stopped? really one thing has nothing to do with the other. And that’s the whole point- if your kid cries- it does’nt mean it is nor should always be a reflection of you. I’m not talking about the obvious, sometimes it is but a crying child on a plane does not mean that the child, parent of that child, or even the airline for that matter are expressly at fault. If your sitting next to a crying kid put an “H” on your chest and handle it the best way you know how. Wrong numbers, people that don’t say thanks when the door is held for them, etc. are anoyances but part of life. Please get your nose out of the air before it rains and you drown.

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Brenda August 10, 2010, 10:09 AM

OMG - the comments here boggle the mind. First and foremost-sorry when you buy a plane ticket all you are doing is buying a seat to get from point A to point b - THATS IT! Secondly - I would rather take a crying, screaming baby than a drunk,stinky person any day of the week. And those of you who like to fly and talk on the cell phone like your business is more important - again I prefer the child. I have traveled with my son since he was 1yr old (he is now 17 and racked up 100k in frequent flier miles). There is an art to travelling with childern and that is parents be prepared, bring food, games, books. With toddlers its about checking with doctor against things to do when ears pop - the more prepared the better the flight.Kids no matter what age can have a melt down - all you can do as a passenger is relax and get some noise cancelling headphones(they work!)

Pam August 24, 2010, 9:50 AM

I don’t have any kids, but I think it’s annoying when ADULTS throw fits about crying babies on planes.

You don’t have a right to a peaceful flight- ask the guy who snored behind me on my last flight. I guess maybe I should sue about that bastard being on the plane.

Seriously people, put on your IPOD and get a life. Maybe those people with the crying baby are flying to a funeral, sorry for inconviencing you prick!

I think even if they want to travel for fun, it is not irresponsible to have your child on a plane. And children cry sometimes.

Our nation is a nation of whiners. Cry me a river, ya big ADULT baby.


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We just flew from Paris to LAX. A baby three rows away from us cried, whimpered or screamed the entire flight — all 11 plus hours. This happened two years ago, too. Sorry, but this is just torture (which we pay dearly for) and I think airlines should charge infants full fares. And I think parents should be expected to sedate infants on these long-haul flights.

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