The average adult doesn't need to carry diapers, wipes, toys/books to entertain, a change of clothes and snack foods/bottles. So a person flying with a child will have a larger than average carryon bag sometimes. This being said, there are very few reasons people with children can't check everything but the diaper bag. Dh and I have always checked everything but the bag. We also carry a larger diaper bag, but stow it under the seat. It's just easier that way and then we never really need to leave our seats. The point is most people try to make things as convenient as possible, sometimes it just isn't that possible.
I agree that people with children need more stuff. In fact, I applaud it when parents bring enough stuff on the plane to tend to their child's needs and entertainment. I think the point in this thread is that the woman wasn't just carrying large diaper bags or backsacks with stuff for her kid to do - she was carrying on all of her luggage. That was not necessary (especially if you have the backsacks and such).
I do not have kids, but I fly an awful, awful lot and see organized folks and disorganized folks. Generally (and this is only from observation), I've seen parents will several kids (think 5) enter the plane with two backpacks with stuff (including baby things) and manage. The issue with the woman in the original post is that she brought luggage on a flight late, there was no time to check it at the gate because the plane was ready to go, and things had to be moved around to accommodate it. It wasn't just a matter of hustling to her seat, sliding the diaper bag (or whatever) under the seat in front of her and having her strap her and her child in to go and then dealing with the sickness later.
Again - I wasn't there. I'm not one of those people who feels that children or sick people shouldn't fly. I know life has a way of happening when I've made other plans and sometimes we have to put up with someone else's bad day. BUT - doesn't mean I'm entirely happy about it or feel put out or grumpy or whatever. It's how we react to our own reactions that shows what kind of people we are. Quite frankly, I am entitled to how I feel whether other people like it or not. While I try to appear to be having a good day even when I'm not, sometimes I am the nastiest, most unreasonable person in the world. INSIDE. On the outside, life goes on, no big deal, that's quite alright, etc.
I think that it's very unfair to judge people on this board based on their opinions here (ANYWHERE on here). Actions speak louder than words and if the folks expressing their opinions here would not do so out loud or make a situation worse and remain polite and collected, then that's the way to do things. So some folks don't think kids or sick people should be on planes - well, unless they were going up to sick people and kids on planes and yelling and screaming at them, it's not for anyone to judge.
I do not care for kids in general. Doesn't mean I hate them and wish them all in a room until they're 18. It also means that I get the "oh NO!" moment on planes when I see a bunch of them. Doesn't mean I say or do anything rude - it just means I have an internal reaction. Which I am perfectly entitled to. It's the same reaction some people have when they see a fat person walklng down the aisle of the plane - oh NO! We had a thread like this on one of the previous boards (it got out of hand, which is what prompted my begging in this thread). I thought it absolutely hilarious that folks who were chastising others who said they didn't care for kids on planes expressed outrage that fat people were allowed to sit near them.
So - I would not have been happy to see this woman rushing on the plane late, having to make the entire world stop so her excess luggage that she couldn't handle be stowed (moving the bags of people who managed to get their butts on the plane on time), with a vomiting kid. No - not happy at all.
But. I would have sucked it up and dealt with it (and offered a hand if able) because, well - her day was going worse than mine. If she was intentionally that much of an inconsiderate person (and I doubt it), then that's punishment enough for her because people that entitled tend to lead tiny little lives. Otherwise, she was having a sucky day.
That's my several cents worth. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to take the rest of my change and go get a cup of coffee.