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.”

NZ Herald

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.

NZ Herald

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.


Different uses of printed banners

In the new modern and industrial world printed banners are considered to be the most economical and best mode of advertising. They also help in creating brand awareness among the people and at the same time helps to generate the necessary response. Most of the banners are placed in the outdoors. Some are placed within the halls or big conference rooms. If the banner is made for outdoor purpose, then they are durable in nature, so that it can withstand any climatic conditions. Banners are also used for decorating a room or hall. One can use banners as per their size and demands.

Promotion of business in an effective manner:

The banners are just ideal for any types of business promotions. They are made in such an attractive way that it can easily draw the attention of the people. However, with the advent of the printed ones, there has been a good increase in such types of banners. It has also turned out to be an effective tool for business promotions.

Perfect place for placing printed banners:

The printed banners can be placed in any place. To be very specific restaurants, hotels or multiplexes are mainly using such banners for carrying out their work efficiently. As they are made of high-quality products they usually last for a long duration. The papers and other materials that are used are made of good quality products. Even the colors used for the banners are of such good quality that they do not get fade even after a few years.

Reuse of the printed banners:

On the other side, the most effective part of using such a banner is that it can be reused several times without any problems or issues. They are highly economical in this case. If the banner is used for one type of promotion, then after some time it can be used for another purpose. There are many companies that are engaged in banner making work and they are highly delighted with the service of the printed ones.

Light and portable feature of the banner:

The most lucrative part of the banner is that they are very light weighted and portable. Due to its light weight, it can be carried from one place to another without any problem. The standing banners that are found in printed form have always become a great tool for marketing and promoting a product. They are highly preferred by the clients. Most of the companies are mainly focusing on using printed ones for any type of work.

As times changed so has changed the outlook of the people. Modern man is much more practical and advanced in all aspects. They always look for things that can be used for various purposes. The modern industry is mainly inclined to making good quality products and that too at a short tenure. They also insist on promoting products on good modes. This is the only reason why banners are always tried by the people. They try to use it for many reasons. The introduction of printed banners is really a great invention.

What procedures are adopted to nurture a child at childcare?

A child always expects love and affection from everyone. In fact, everyone should love a child. There are hardly very few people on this earth who do not love kids. Kids are also said to be a part of god. Loving a kid means loving god. In the course of time, most of the parents cannot devote much time due to their profession. In some families, both parents are found to be working. In such a situation the child suffers a lot. They are left with the maid all day along and the sole responsibility is conferred upon the maid. But many times the maid is not at all a reliable one.

The Role of childcare centers:

A childcare center is always preferred to be a reliable and trusted platform because they are very authentic in true sense. They adopt some special guidelines and rules that really benefit a child to a great extent.

  • Firstly, most of the childcare centers have the basic amenities and apparatus that help to attract the kid towards them. To be very clear there are many kids who often cry before leaving their parents. But once the little ones come in contact with various games they slowly forget everything and indulge themselves with the apparatus.
  • The childcare centers conduct various types of activities that help to teach basic etiquettes of life. All these are taught in a very unique manner.
  • Proper hygiene is maintained under any circumstances. If a child is not well then he is kept detached from the other ones so that they do not come in contact with the affected child.
  • Many educational activities are also taught within the class that helps a child to learn the basic ones.
  • Even the childcare centers teach a child how to keep individual items in an organized manner.
  • Each and every child is very sensitive. He is very innocent and is not aware of the basic concept of life. It has to be preached among the kid. The childcare centers play the crucial role of preaching good morals of life among a kid. Take, for example, there are many ritual and festivals that come in everyone’s life. Each festival has some significance and this has to be taught to the kids. Otherwise, they will never understand the values of life. All these things are taught in a childcare center by allowing the kids to participate in each and every festival.
  • They are also taken to various places like zoos, museums. These are the places that are much enjoyed and favored by the little ones. To be very frank, it may not be possible for a parent to teach everything to their kid.

The role of childcare is quite vital. They are the perfect destination for your little ones where they can grow freely. Help and allow your child to grow in a friendly environment. In this respect, childcare Whangarei is the best place.

Things to consider when buying a sheepskin rug

Sheepskin rug is said to be a very good option for decorating a house. It is also durable and found in a wide variety of textures. Most of the houses prefer to use such rugs as it has several advantages. In the present time, it has been noticed that most of the rugs are dyed and colored artificially and they are named as sheepskin rugs. But the actual fact is that they are quite normal and ordinary rugs available in the market. It is the responsibility of the buyers to judge the actual one before buying.

Important points to note before buying such rugs:

Now let’s have a glance at some of the points that are necessary while buying a sheepskin rug.  It should always be kept in mind.

  • Always try to purchase such items from reputed and renowned importers. They will always try to provide the best and quality products to the customers because for them reputation is the main thing.
  • There are some countries that are mainly indulged in the service of producing good quality sheepskin rugs. These countries also supply their products to other countries in the world.
  • Original sheepskin rug should be always soft in nature. The piling inside the rug should be neatly done. This is the best way to judge an original sheepskin rug. On the other side, duplicate ones will be slightly rough in nature.
  • Sometimes rubber and other type of metals are used in rugs. Before buying such rugs these things should be minutely checked and if required the buyer should be asked about the materials.
  • If a sheepskin rug is dyed, then it can be noticed carefully. There will be an abrupt change of colors and it will be easily observed.

There are many companies that are manufacturing duplicate rugs and selling them at premium prices. The sole responsibility is upon the buyers who should be careful before making such a purchase.

Other points that must be considered before buying sheepskin rugs:

Sheepskin rug is a very beautiful item. It can be included within the list of decorative items. But there are some points that must be always kept in mind before making such items.

  • Sheepskin rug is a mandatory item in almost all living rooms.  The pile length of the rug should always be observed before buying such items. Such rugs can be handled easily and most importantly, make it sure that it can be placed in any corner of the room.
  • The rugs can be cleaned easily. Always have a look that the item used in making such rugs can be cleaned easily.
  • Color of the rug is equally important. While picking an appropriate rug for your home just have a look that it is suited with the room color and texture. Never buy such rugs that are of vibrant colors.

These are some easy steps that can be followed by an individual before purchasing a beautiful rug for your home.

What does a child care center do?

Child care is one of the fastest growing industries in the world now. The reason why people end opening child care centers is because of their love for children. Child care centers come in very handy for all the parents who are working. The child care center basically helps the children grow, learn and make friends when their parents are at work. The best thing about child care is that it helps children to make a lot of friends and also help them to grow in a natural environment.

Things you need to do to open a child care center

The first thing that you need to do if you are planning to open up a childcare Tauranga center is to get hold of a license. Getting hold of the license is not always easy, so it might end up taking some time. It is important that if you are taking care of a group of kids you, as well as your buildings, pass all the safety codes of the city. The building codes are different from location to location. The public department can help you with all the information.

If you are planning to set up a center for child care, then having a business plan is also very important. If you do not have a plan, then you can pull this thing off successfully. It is important to hire a highly trained group of caretakers so that the children get the proper care that they need. Make sure to check the background of all the caretakers because you recruit them for taking care of the kids.

The main function of a child care center

The main function of a child care center is taking care of kids. The child care center is responsible for the overall growth of the children.

  • The reason why people give their children to child care centers is that they think that it is a perfect opportunity for the kids to learn new things and make new friends which will not be so much easier when they are at home.
  • Since the responsibility of the child care center is very big it is recommended that people would only take the responsibility of the children if they really love children or else they can keep the business running for a long time.
  • Education is also a very important role in a child care center and this is one of the other reasons why it is important for the parents to send their children here.

If you are opening up a child care center make sure to always open it up in a place where the residents are a bit young and will be planning a kid in the near future giving you the security that your business will be growing rapidly in the coming years. If you can provide good service, the referral program will work wonders in this industry. Make sure to advertise in the newspapers locally for business growth.

Tips To Ensure That Your Belongings Stay Safe In Times Of Renovations

Any architectural remodeling project disrupts daily life as workers come in and go out of your house, tracking dust and dirt everywhere. It makes entire areas of your house unusable for long durations. So here are some things you can do to ensure that you are in for a much safer and less intrusive renovation.

Pack up

Go through all the rooms being renovated and pack up the essentials. For example, when it comes to your kitchen you surely don’t want to dig through mountains of things just to find your cereal bowl and coffee bowl. Keep the things you want to be able to use in an accessible place and pack the rest up in boxes. If you can, then move the boxes to a storage space which will be out of the main traffic flow of workers and their gears.

Add in home security

You will have lots of people who will be coming in and out of your home, which will leave it vulnerable to theft. You don’t have to be paranoid about everyone who enters but it’s better to be safe than sorry. For this, you can add a programmable lock in the front door of your house which will allow only the renovation team access. Just reprogram the lock after you are done to stay safe.

Keep your important things together

Once renovation or designing work begins it will be seemingly impossible to find the things you need. So get your stuff together and put it all in one place which is out of the work done. If you won’t be able to use your main entryway the set up a temporary entryway somewhere. Also, make sure that there is a room where all your important things and other essentials are kept together so that they can be easily accessible.

Protect your privacy

If only a part of your house is going through some architectural renovation then you would, of course, like to use the other half of your home. To ensure that you can maintain your freedom and privacy in your home there are some things you can do. You can consider putting up some opaque room dividers or folding screens between the work areas and private areas.

Think of alternative places to stay

Contact your family and friends to see if you can stay with them since renovations do tend to run long. Otherwise, you can set a little bit of your budget for a getaway for the time being of your renovation. But only do this if you completely trust the person who is overseeing the work being done or just make sure someone from your family is there to make sure everything progresses like planned.

How to find a trustworthy architect?

Seeing all the above points must have highlighted the need to hire someone who is trustworthy to you. Architect Auckland or from areas like Christchurch and nearby areas are professionals who you can trust with your project.

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure something important- that you and your belongings stay safe in times of renovations. This also applies to other constructions which might take place in your home.

How to make ice cream at home?

Ice cream is one of those food items that is liked by everyone and is easy to make at home also. Following are some of the easy steps that can follow to make ice cream at your home.

Try to make an egg custard base for your ice cream

This base is preferred among all other bases. You should use the perfect mixture of egg and custard for the base of a classic ice-cream. The reason behind the use of this base is that the egg yolks make the ice cream creamier and fuller. This batter will provide the best base required for ice cream. The ratio of the eggs and other ingredients in the mixture should be decided on the basis of the taste that you like to give to your ice-cream.

Freeze the ice bowl before churning

You are asked to freeze the bowl in which you are going to mix the batter. This will ensure that the cream that you are mixing is churning properly and is not solidifying.

Check whether the eggs are in good position inside the mixture or not

Once you have started mixing the ingredients altogether, you should check whether the eggs are in proper condition or not. The making of whole ice cream depends on the proper making of this base and eggs are the most important part of it. So, you should always check that the eggs are not cuddled. To avoid this, you can heat the base on a low and slow flame. Also, you can pour some of the hot milk in the egg to avoid any further cuddling. Apart from this, when you have finished making the mixture, you should pour it in any other container and check once again that the eggs are not cuddled.

Add flavours to the mixture

The base that you have prepared is for every ice cream in the world. You can make any flavour of ice cream using this base. To make the flavoured ice cream, you just need to add your favourite flavour after the completion of all the steps. It could be any flavour like Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chips etc. You just need to take care of the amount that you are mixing.

Put the mixture in the bowl you have deep freezed already

After all these steps are done, pour the entire mixture into the bowl that is already frozen. Once that is done, you need to put that in your refrigerator and will have to wait till it freezes completely and turns into ice. If you want to give it a shape, then you can pour the mixture into the container of the shape you want. Some people like to freeze the ice cream into small containers so that it would be easy to serve it to the guests. You are free to choose the container of the ice cream.

So, this was a simple, yet the classic process of making the conventional ice-cream. The steps mentioned are easy and thus could be executed easily.