How to deal with a child who won’t stop kicking your seat on a flight

There are plenty of ways to get annoyed on a flight, but having the back of your seat incessantly kicked really takes the cake.

Since the guilty party is usually a child, your options are limited when it comes to handling the problem. React too harshly and you’ll have angry parents on your hands, but if you’re too nice or choose to ignore it, it’s probably not going stop.

In a discussion on online forum Quora, frequent flyers shared their tips for coping with this annoyance, after one user asked: “Have you ever had a kid behind you on an airplane kicking the seat the entire flight?”

“Occasionally the kid would miss the seat and his shoe would go between my seat and the other seat next to me. And about half those times it would get stuck for a second.”

One commenter, Bill Jones, came up with a novel way to trap a kicker in the act.

“I got a bit annoyed, and hatched a plan, thinking it probably would not work. But it did,” he wrote.

“I put my upper right arm between the seat back edge and the plastic fuselage liner to check the fit. Just right.

“Next kick I shoved my arm back. It worked way beyond expectation the first time. The seat moved just a little, enough to grab his shoe.”

“He was stuck for maybe five to 10 seconds. Long enough for mom to catch on to what he was doing.”

When Kev Partridge found himself in the same situation, he took things a little further with a cup of water.

“The kid in the seat behind thought the touchscreen at the back of my headrest was a punch-screen, which wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, especially on a flight from Asia to Europe,” he wrote.

“I got a small cup of water, with not too much content at all, awaited a good knock on my seat and then threw the contents of my cup upwards and backwards, before I leaned over and said ‘Ohh, I’m sorry, I’m just so easily startled when I fly’.

“Needless to say the slightly wet kid didn’t bother me again.”

Another passenger, Carmen Blakestad, told of how her husband took the “angry” approach on a flight – but found it worked.

“This little a-hole of a kid was sitting behind my husband, just pounding the hell out of his seat. Now, my husband is 6′4″, so he’s already uncomfortable, and then this happens?!

“What p****d him off the most was that the kid’s mom was sitting right there the whole time, knew full well what her brat was doing and did nothing to stop it!

“Anyway, mom gets up to use the bathroom and my husband saw his chance.

“He turned around and said to the kid with a seriously mean face and in a soft growly voice, ‘You kick my seat one more time, I’ll kill you.’

“The kid froze mid-kick, turned white as a ghost and sat quietly for the rest of the flight!”
However, we probably wouldn’t recommend that tactic.

Other passengers also tried similarly harsh tactics to deal with annoying seat-kickers.

Shaun Clark said he told one young passenger, “‘If you don’t stop kicking the back of my seat I will hit your father” – and needless to say, he stopped.

Michael Hawkins added, “The kicking began early in the trip, and it was apparent the child was bored to death.

“We both had aisle seats, so I got up and whispered in her ear, “If you kick my seat again I am going to have the pilot throw you out the door!” The remainder of the flight was kick-free.”

Dariusz Scharsig preferred a gentler approach – preparing a speech to give to both child and parent.

He explained: “All I needed to do was turn around and, nicely, say: ‘Hey, little fella, is this your first plane ride? Yeah, I get nervous too. You know what helps me? Just closing my eyes and trying to relax. Which is super hard if you kick my seat.’

“Usually, their parents get super embarrassed and the kid stops right there and then. No hard feelings.”

Others, like Brad Chisholm, chose to avoid confrontation altogether.

“I paid the guy behind me $50 to trade seats with me,” he wrote.

However, according to the experts, making threats isn’t the best idea.

Elizabeth O’Shea, who runs the website Parent 4 Success, told MailOnline Travel there was an easy to stop such behavior easily.

“If you are a passenger and the child kicking the seat is not yours, you definitely don’t want to antagonise the parent as that can make the situation worse,” she said.

“The best thing to do is go around to the row where they are sitting and get down low to the child and parent’s level and say in a really lovely and polite voice ‘hey buddy, could you do me a favour? Could you keep your legs under the seat? Do you think you could do that? Thank you’.

“It is very nice and polite and you are not being rude and by saying thank you, the child is more likely to comply.”

She also said it was important for parents to prepare their children in advance of a long flight.

“Parents should prepare them before the journey by talking about what behaviour will be acceptable once they are on the plane, such as using an indoor voice, keeping their feet on the floor or under the seat and talking about how long the journey will last.”

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Passenger slammed for ‘cheap’ act on flight

An airline passenger has been slammed online after complaining about being given a cup of ice instead of water on his flight, with many saying it’s his own fault for being “cheap”.

Gene Goh was flying from Singapore to Japan with budget airline Scoot when he asked for a cup of water while waiting for the flight to take off.

“I asked for just a cup of plain water but was told by your airline staff that only bottled water is available for purchase,” he wrote on Scoot’s Facebook page.

Mr Goh claimed he was given a cup of ice and told to wait for it to melt so he could drink it, reported

“All I am asking is just a cup of water, I wouldn’t care if it was from the tap,” he said.

“I hope that there could be some sort of care for passenger, not being unreasonable over here.”

But if the passenger thought he would get sympathy from other social media users he was sorely mistaken, with many saying he was lucky to get the ice.

“Dude, budget airline. Got money to go to Osaka, no money to buy water huh? If you want free things don’t travel. Entitled youth,” one person said.

“Just few dollars for a mineral water. Don’t tell me you couldn’t afford it. stop making yourself cheap … Well done cabin crew! You did the right thing,” another said.

Others even suggested that the crew should have charged him for the cup.

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Jetstar passenger left stranded at Queenstown airport after flight cancellation

A Jetstar passenger is outraged by the “abysmal” customer service from staff after being stranded at Queenstown airport when their flight to Auckland was cancelled.

On Reddit, the Kiwi explained how their flight from Queenstown to Auckland last Friday evening was delayed because of “engineering requirements” . Ten minutes later they were told their was a delay because of “staffing issues”, until eventually they were told the flight, JQ298, was cancelled.

“From here, things just go downhill. The staff have no idea how to manage the situation, a cluster forms around the check-in counter, no one sets up or enforces a queue,” the disgruntled customer wrote.

“One staff member is going around talking to small groups telling them that they are waiting for information about a replacement flight and that they should stand aside and wait for a general announcement.

“There is no general announcement forthcoming. Instead those who persist and stand at the counter are dealt with in no particular order.”

The passenger then received an email telling them to book another flight at “no additional cost”, but staff members told them otherwise.

“The staff tried to tell us that we would have to pay the difference between the new booking and the old one, which was huge,” he wrote.

“We had to fight to get the replacement flight refunded.”

After finding out their were no flights available that day, staff told passengers they would arrange accommodation for the night, however they only tended to some stragglers, leaving the rest to wander around the airport trying to find rooms to sleep in.

“The first 10 or 15 people get rooms and the rest of us are told that the airline’s travel agent is still looking for rooms,” they wrote.

“We are told that we can book our own room and that we will be reimbursed up to $150 … in Queenstown on a Friday night.

“Many of us are at the airport hoping that accommodation comes through up until the airport closes, at 10pm, 6 hours after the cancellation. It never does.”

The person writes how disappointed they were with the service of the airline and reveals they see that it is a common issue with other passengers.

“A quick search of news stories this year reveals that this is not an isolated incident,” they explain.

“Jetstar’s reply to media inquiries associated with previous cancellations suggests that this is part of their business model. For example, when 5 flights out of Sydney got cancelled on the same day, they said ‘5 out of 400 daily flights is not bad.’

“They are running with such narrow buffers that the slightest disruption can result in cancellations and possibly worse, but apparently this is part of the calculation. Naturally, the time wastage and stress imposed on inconvenienced passengers is not part of the equation.”

The passenger explained that they understand that it’s a budget airline, but thought that meant they wouldn’t get in-flight meals or there would be charges for extra luggage.

“Apparently it also means exposure to a very high risk of cancellations and the resulting chaos that is Jetstar’s customer service,” they wrote.

The Herald contacted Jetstar, which apologised and explained the reason behind the cancellation.

“We sincerely apologise for the cancellation, which was due to one of our cabin crew members falling ill,” Jetstar spokesperson Phil Boeyen said.

“We rebooked passengers on the next available flights to Auckland and assisted with arranging accommodation where required. Passengers were able to request a full refund if they no longer wished to travel.”

“We appreciate these cancellations are inconvenient for our passengers and thank them for their understanding,” Boeyen continued.

“Jetstar has a very low cancellation rate on its domestic jet services in New Zealand; in the 12 months ended September 2018 the rate was less than 0.8 per cent. Unforeseen issues such as weather, engineering or crewing issues can result in a flight being cancelled.”


Passenger kicked off flight for ‘terrorist’ Snapchat joke

A young passenger has proved yet again that it’s never wise to make a joke about terrorism – particularly when you’re on a plane.

A 21-year-old on a Jet Airways flight found out the hard way, after he was caught covering his face with a hankerchief and making a joke about terrorism on Snapchat, Fox News reports.

Yogvedant Poddar was on a domestic flight in India when he took a photo of himself and typed some regrettable words: “Terrorist on flight, I destroy women hearts”.

Another passenger, Benjamin Plackett, reportedly alerted the flight captain after he saw Poddar typing the message

He was then removed from the Kolkata – Mumbai flight for questioning by security officers.
He claimed the Snapchat photo was a joke for his friends – but the joke caused the 160-passenger flight to be delayed for more than an hour due to the security check.

Poddar’s bags were checked and in a statement the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said “no suspicious or objectionable item was found”.

He was then reportedly sent to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport police station for further investigation.