Flight attendant slams ‘bad parents’ for ‘out of control’ children on flight

Earlier this week, American baseball star Anthony Bass slammed an airline for making his pregnant wife pick up their child’s snacks.

He claims she was made to get on her hands and knees to pick up popcorn their toddler had left on the floor.

Plenty of people weighed in on the debate and said that the mum should have kept their seats clean and not let their daughter throw food around.

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Others argued that the airlines hire cleaning crews to pick up after passengers when the flight lands.

A flight attendant has weighed in on the topic, reports the Express, and she's slammed 'bad parenting' for creating unhelpful situations.

Former Emirates cabin crew member Caroline Kneitz said: "In my personal opinion, it's important to treat public spaces as if they are rooms of your home. So yes, I do believe a parent should take care that the kid doesn't mess up the space. Like imagine you're on a 13-hour flight, would you want to sit on a dirty seat for that long?"

However, she noted that at the end of a flight it is neither the responsibility of the parent nor the flight crew to clean the plane – instead, it's the airline's cleaners who usually come on board after a flight.

Caroline did offer some advice for parents – mainly, to think about the snacks they bring for their kids, or risk them being 'wild'.

She noted: "I have seen many kids on flights that are completely out of control. Unfortunately, I put this down to bad parenting. I’ve seen parents filling up their kids with soft drinks and only sugar.

"I had one mother who requested a coffee for her four-year-old with three sugars in. As crew we are trained not to educate our customers, so even in this case I couldn't do anything. Shortly after serving the beverage, the child was wild."

Caroline isn't the only flight attendant to offer advice to parents who are taking their children flying.

A cabin crew member told Travel and Leisure that people who don't know the little ones should tell them off!

The flight attendant said: "It is much [more] real for a child when they are addressed by a stranger."

While a crew member from Wizz Air advised choosing your seats carefully when travelling with kids.

The flight attendant said: “Pick your seats and enter the plane strategically.

“The front and back of the plane are always going to be high traffic areas as it’s where the bathrooms are located. Therefore, it’s likely that this is where the most distractions will be.

“It’s worth choosing your seats, accordingly, considering what is likely to entertain, and distress the child.”

Travel experts Mark and Jocelyn Wolters, who have travelled the world with their kids for 16 years, said you should never give children orange juice while on a plane.

They explained that "kids get upset on a plane because they're dehydrated, so it's important to keep them hydrated," before adding, "it's a no to orange juice and fizzy drinks because they can cause dehydration".


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