When my now 6 year old was about 2and a half we went to visit a friend who lives a 3 hour plane trip away. My son did really well on the plane. It’s actually another passenger and myself who were “out of control”!
About 2 hours into the trip after my son had had enough of colouring, reading, looking out the window, etc. I bought him some cartoon to watch on the back of the seat in front TV. He was getting sleepy so I swapped seats with him so he could lay his head on my lap and watch, so I then had to tilt the TV screen down by pushing on it a couple of times to get it on the right angle for my son to see.
The woman sitting in front of us had the whole three seats to herself. She was sitting at the window seat but had put her legs out over the other two seats, mainly reading magazines and I had noticed her flirting with the male flight attendant while she ordered alcoholic beverages throughout the flight-it was actually rather amusing.
Anyway when I pushed the TV she must have felt it as she turned and looked through the gap in the seat. I pushed it again and she quickly put her legs down and started fiddling with the seat belt before she threw it back over the seat at my son. The metal part missed his head and I thought, “What is this woman doing??” She poked her eyes through the seat again and I said to my son to move up the seats and I purchased the cartoon again off the next seat being the middle seat and I was now in the aisle seat. As my son got off his seat to move up a seat the woman threw the next seat belt over the seat and this time it did hit my son. I jumped up and checked my son out and when he was okay I started screaming at the woman. Yes, I know that was wrong but I lost self control I was so angry that she would deliberately hurt my child who had done nothing to her. I wanted to rip her hair out but I did stop myself from doing that. The flight attendant asked the woman to move seats and she refused so he moved myself and my son to a different set of seats and I told the flight attendant I wanted the woman charged when the plane landed.
As we got off the plane several other passengers came up to me and said they saw what had happened and were appalled by this woman’s behavior and said they thought my son was very well behaved.
Anyway the woman ran out of the airport as quick as she could and I was very unhappy as the airline didn’t organize to have anything done about her behavior and assault on my child. Also she refused to move seats when asked by the flight attendant so surely that is an offense?
Interested to hear others thoughts-should I have reacted differently etc 0411-12