I am so thankful I was not a passenger on that JetBlue flight
that was the setting for the dust-up between a passenger and flight
attendant Steven Slater. I'm even more thankful my children weren't
I have been on flights in which a passenger acts
inappropriately--maybe a frightened flyer drinks too much and gets
a little beligerent or an overweight flyer takes up more than his
fair share of seating area and angers a seatmate--but it has never
gotten to a point where I was worried it might escalate to
The facts of Steven Slater and his JetBlue emergency shute
escape from an abusive passenger still are coming out (read the
latest NY Times version here.) But I suspect there are at least a few
passengers who are glad that flight is over.
I've been on the L before when someone does something to make me
feel uncomfortable. But that's easily dealt with. I can grab my
stuff, a kid's hand, whatever, and calmly walk to the next car. Or
get off at the next stop.
But none of those coping mechanisms works at 35,000 feet. There,
That kind of air rage is scary for adults. It must be even
scarier for kids. What if a kid was traveling alone on that
I've asked some experts for their advice on how to handle such
an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation. I'll let you
know what they say.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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