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To think this man was rude on flight?

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Lionking1981 Tue 01-Nov-16 23:10:20

On long haul night flight yesterday. My 5 year old would not fall asleep as she was quite excited and enjoying watching all the cartoons. After 5 hours, I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer and drifted off. I was awakened by the man infront shouting 'oh for fucks sake' and throwing his headphones on the floor. I realised my daughter had been kicking his chair, I apologised, got my child to apologise but he didn't even answer - just threw a glare and turned round. I of course stayed awake for the rest of the flight to make sure she didn't do it again. At the end of the flight, he stood up and said loudly that that was the last time he will ever fly with the cattle class. I know I should have theoretically made sure she did not kick his chair and I know it is annoying but surely this was just bloody rude ?

AndShesGone Tue 01-Nov-16 23:12:21

Not rude imo, he just said he wouldn't fly in economy again confused

He could have been way ruder. Yes, you needed to supervise your child instead of sleeping unfortunately.

kilmuir Tue 01-Nov-16 23:12:48

Hmmmm, I think maybe he was rightly pissed off

AlexaTwoAtT Tue 01-Nov-16 23:13:55

YABU. She was kicking his seat and you were asleep. Was he supposed to grin and bear it?

joshlymanlover Tue 01-Nov-16 23:14:10

There is nothing worse on a plane than someone kicking your seat!

I think he was quite polite!

ArmySal Tue 01-Nov-16 23:14:48

Having your seat kicked from behind is so annoying though, almost makes me murderous when it's rhythmic and continuous.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Tue 01-Nov-16 23:16:01

No one cares what class he flies, so that was twatty.

You should have supervised your child more closely though. Having your seat kicked is really annoying.

e1y1 Tue 01-Nov-16 23:17:13

"Cattle class" is a lot politer than what the air crew call enconomy.

Can understand why he was annoyed, he could have acknowledged your apology, but it is awful constantly having your seat kicked.

Salmotrutta Tue 01-Nov-16 23:17:31

In what way was he rude?

Did you swear at you or your DD?

Did he barge past you with his hand luggage?

Did he queue jump ahead of you at the luggage carousel?

I think you were rude to have not supervised your DD TBH.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Tue 01-Nov-16 23:18:06

What do they call it?

HerRoyalNotness Tue 01-Nov-16 23:18:34

An adult would have just turned around and told child to stop doing it, not have a tantrum.

e1y1 Tue 01-Nov-16 23:18:51

The bear pit.

fakenamefornow Tue 01-Nov-16 23:19:13

Of course he was rude. If swearing loudly to a child and announcing loudly about never flying 'cattle class' isn't rude in pp books I dread to think what would constitute rude to them.

sparepantsandtoothbrush Tue 01-Nov-16 23:19:18

He could have at least woken you to ask you to stop your child before swearing and getting all shitty. YANBU Bit you'll be told you should be awake every second your child is no matter where you are or how bloody tired you are by MN standards

Troublesmith Tue 01-Nov-16 23:19:19

No, yabu. Control your child. I took a 20mth old to Australia. I walked the equivalent last half of the flight trying to calm him down. I will not inflict that on the general public again.

We have yet to fly longer than 7 hrs with youngest.

She is now ipad distractible. We are going long haul next summer.

People plan and save and plan and save tor those long haul trips. Give it a miss until your DC teeth come through and they can feed themselves solids.

Toddlers not fun on a long haul flight for anyone.

ImperialBlether Tue 01-Nov-16 23:19:36

Couldn't he have simply asked the air steward to do something?

Pallisers Tue 01-Nov-16 23:20:07

He didn't have to grin and bear it nor did he have to be an aggressive twat.

He could have called the stewards and asked them to wake you so you could have stopped your child kicking.

He could have woken you himself and said "your child is kicking my seat, could you stop her"

Instead he decided to take a confrontational aggressive approach. I'm surprised people think this is ok to behave like that. If my adult child behaved like this to someone on a plane, I would not be happy.

Lionking1981 Tue 01-Nov-16 23:20:25

I think he was rude because he swore loudly infront of a young child. Had it happened to me, I would have politely turned round to say that the child was kicking the seat. Yes, I appreciate I shouldn't have drifted off but had been awake for over 24 hours.

fakenamefornow Tue 01-Nov-16 23:21:15

He should have just woke you up and told you to stop her kicking his seat.

Salmotrutta Tue 01-Nov-16 23:21:17

Oops - just noticed that he said "For fucks sake" - that was pretty rude in front of a child.

Even an equally rude chair-kicking child...

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Tue 01-Nov-16 23:23:04

I expected worse.
Cattle class is more dismissive, bear pit implies danger.
I would be more offended at cattle.
There's also self loading cargo.

JellyBelli Tue 01-Nov-16 23:23:28

He could have asked the stewardess to wake you up like any other reasonable adult would.

EssentialHummus Tue 01-Nov-16 23:24:20

Well, YABU, but so is he potentially. When I've been in that situation I've turned around and addressed the child directly, firmly but without shouting. That tends to stop them sharpish. Did he try that first? we may never know

Salmotrutta Tue 01-Nov-16 23:24:26

Maybe he'd been awake for 24 hours too and your chair-kicking child woke him up and it was just too much.

Troublesmith Tue 01-Nov-16 23:25:01

Reread op, your child is 5, wtf are you doing falling asleep? They could get anywhere, block a loo, cause an obstruction, go missing, upturn the food trolley, get food spilt on them, knock over an elderly passenger with mobility issues.

Stay awake, fly with someone else or dont fly at all.

Its not all about you.

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