Advice on how to handle loud kids on a plane

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Here's a common travel scenario: You're on a plane and there's a child crying nearby. What do you do?

The big question is, is it rude to ask someone to quiet a child on a plane?

According to a study by Harris Interactive, 37 percent of passengers would rather sit next to a smelly adult than a crying baby. So, is there a right or wrong tactic to getting some peace and quiet?

First, experts from Travel and Leisure Magazine say if the child is an infant, try to be sympathetic. Surely, the parents are more horrified than you are.

For an older child and the seat kickers, talk to the parents and the child.

And if you really feel strongly about it, involve a flight attendant to keep the situation from escalating. Apparently they have a few tricks and things up their sleeves, like coloring books and activities to distract them.


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