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The Cry-Baby Is Not The Crying Baby

, , , , , , | Right | May 28, 2022

My husband and I are checking in for a long-haul flight. We’re confirming the seat allocations with the check-in clerk:

Me: “And those seats are in the child-free aisle, yes?”

Clerk: “That’s right, ma’am. I can confirm those seats are in that section.”

Suddenly, we hear a shrill voice come from an older woman checking in with another clerk adjacent to us. She is carrying a baby on her shoulder.

Passenger: “The what section?”

Me: “The child-free section. It’s a section of the plane where the airline guarantees you won’t be flying near any children.”

Passenger: “What disgusting discrimination! How dare you discriminate against the God-fearing people who do their duty and have children?! I’m flying with my granddaughter and I will not be treated this way, d*** it!”

The clerk serving the old lady passenger tries to calm her down, and we finish our check-in process. We eventually board the plane, get to our blissfully child-free seats, and take off without issue.

About an hour into the flight, I notice the grandmother from earlier keeps walking over to our seats, carrying her granddaughter, and prodding her to start crying right next to us. After she does this three times, I speak up.

Me: “Look, ma’am, you’re obviously doing this on purpose because you felt offended by the airline offering this seat section. I’m sorry you feel that way, but we booked this section specifically to be away from crying babies, and you’re ruining that.”

Passenger: *Raising her voice* “It’s you that’s ruining everything! Children-haters like you have no place in this world!”

An air stewardess approaches us and asks what the issue is. I try to explain the whole situation over the lady interrupting me and her poor granddaughter crying.

Stewardess: “I think I understand. Ma’am, this airline does indeed offer this section of the plane as a child-free section. If you take offense to that, please feel free to forward a complaint to the contact information found in your booking. As for right now, crying babies are not welcome in this section of the flight—” *looks the passenger directly in her eyes* “—and I am not referring to your child.”

Grumpy Grandma stormed back to her seat, and our heroic air stewardess got a round of “thank you”s from most of the passengers in our section.

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