I’ve seen some poorly-behaved children on my flights over the years, but never anything like my flight today…
I was flying SriLankan from Colombo to Kuala Lumpur and was sitting in business class with four other passengers. As we leveled off, flight attendants closed the curtain separating business and economy class and begin serving breakfast.
Suddenly, a little kid, maybe six years old, ran up through the curtain and toward the front galley. Flight attendants ignored him for a few moments, then pointed him back toward the economy cabin. Clomping down the aisle, he darted out just as fast as he had appeared.
But not more than three minutes later, the kid returned then proceeded to run laps back and forth between the front of the aircraft and the curtain separating the two cabins. Flight attendants were preparing breakfast in the front galley (with the curtain drawn), but when they noticed him, one grabbed him by the hand and hauled him back to his seat.
It took no more than five minutes for the kid to return. The purser noticed him crouching in front of seat 1F and wagged her finger at him to return to his seat. He refused. Instead he brushed past the purser and ran into the front galley. With a look more of annoyance than anger, the purser turned toward the galley and attempted to grab the kid.
He dodged her grasp and ran to the back of the business class cabin (only three rows). She marched toward him and he ran past her again back into the galley.
This continued for another minute and a half before a second flight attendant helped to trap the kid. He was dragged, kicking and screaming, back to his seat.
The Real Fun Starts
Not more than five minutes later, the kid was back again. This time, the purser noticed him almost right away, grabbed him by the shoulders, and guided him back to the cabin. She was there for quite some time – I imagine she was lecturing the kid’s parents or guardians.
She then quickly retreated to the front of the aircraft, called the captain, and moments later the seatbelt light came on despite a very smooth flight.
Unfortunately, the seatbelt light only kept the kid seated for a few minutes, because he was soon back again. Only this time he started climbing on an open business class seat in row one, directly in front of me.
At this point I thought, what the heck…no one is going to believe me unless I document this.
I opened my window shade and took a couple pictures of the little guy. He then swung over the business class seat in front of, pivoted around the seat, lowered my window shade, and plopped himself directly in my lap.
I looked at him. He looked at me. And then be bolted out of my lap and back to the rear of the cabin.
By this time, some of the passengers in the cabin were getting really annoyed. One rang his call button and just pointed to the kid when the flight attendant came out. She dragged him back, again kicking and screaming, to his seat.
But moments later, before the flight attendant even returned, the kid was back. The flight attendant returned, sighed, and marched him back again.
This time, he must have been bolted down because I heard violent screaming for the next 15 minutes, but did not see the kid again. Maybe they sedated him?
This was not a baby. This was not a toddler. This was a five or six year old. And all I can say, how sad that the boy does not have a guardian in his life who loves him. That’s quite a charge, but I mean it. The parents (or guardian) who do not correct their children hate their children. Discipline is love. And this little kid, more than anything, needed the rod of correction…at least that’s my opinion.
Hopefully the little maniac, for that is exactly what is he now, will get the love and discipline he needs to be a functioning member of society.
By the way, the purser did apologize to each business class passenger for the pint-sized disturbance.