Her entitled sister expected passengers to help with her fussy kids on a long-haul flight. But they’re people, too, and it’s normal for them to be annoyed that there are noisy kids on board!
OP (Original Poster) turned to Reddit to share a story about her sister, Chelsea, who has two babies. Her first child is a 22-month-old, and the other is 6 months.
The month before OP shared this story on Reddit, her sibling and brother-in-law had decided to go on a holiday trip from their country, Australia, to Europe before they would have to buy a seat for the children. Chelsea said the kids were “terrible flyers” and basically cried the whole time on both trips and wouldn’t settle.
Being a Parent Is a Higher Life Form
On social media, Chelsea has made many passive-aggressive posts about how “entitled” people who don’t have kids are about children on planes and how they need to sympathize more with mothers. She pointed out that moms “suffer more” than them because their babies won’t settle, and being a parent is difficult.
Based on OP’s observations, Chelsea has been kind of “whiny” since she became a mom.
According to OP, she always complains about its difficulties and makes a lot of snide comments to her, saying it “must be nice” that she sleeps in and other things because she chose not to have kids.
The night before posting this story, OP saw her sister, and the plane situation came up. Chelsea started talking about it again, and OP asked her if something specific happened or if someone was rude to her about the children.
It Is Known
Chelsea then admitted that no one did that. Even so, people looked obviously annoyed as her babies refused to settle.
Trying to Get Away
Aside from that, on one of the flights, the person next to Chelsea asked the flight attendant if there was anywhere else she could sit after several hours and looked extremely disappointed when informed that it was a full flight.
Gained No Sympathy
Additionally, Chelsea said that the passengers were “rude” as no one offered to help or give her some “reassuring” smiles and comments.
On People’s Side
OP then told her sister that it’s within people’s right to be annoyed at a crying baby the entire flight from Melbourne to Singapore. To add to that, their flight departed at one in the morning and landed at nine in the morning!
Even with this, Chelsea furiously responded that they shouldn’t be annoyed and reiterated that her kids had the right to fly, too.
Every Passenger’s Nightmare
So, OP told Chelsea that she never said her kids have no right to do so, only that people are allowed not to be thrilled to be seated next to an infant who cries the whole time.
She added that those people don’t have to feel more sorry for Chelsea than themselves, as she’s responsible for bringing the children onto the plane and creating the situation.
As the Creators
Aside from that, OP also said that Chelsea and her husband are obligated to look after their kids on a flight and that it’s unfair to expect people around her to help them with the children.
They’re the kids’ parents, and they shouldn’t expect anyone—especially strangers—to extend a helping hand. They should solely be responsible for their kids!
Family Taking Sides
After that, Chelsea walked out and complained to their parents, who, fortunately, backed OP up. However, their other sister also jumped on her, so OP just went home.
Redditors’ Take on the Matter
The community agreed with OP’s opinions and said that Chelsea needs to realize she’s wrong. They even suggested Chelsea make other considerate parents who have an open mind as inspiration.
The top commenter wrote, “Not the a**hole. You were right. No one owes her anything, and people do get annoyed at kids on flights because they usually cry and fuss, and everyone on the plane is forced to tolerate it because there is nowhere else to go. Your sister needs to get a grip and realize she isn’t entitled to other passengers helping her, nor is she entitled to everyone being over-the-top understanding of her situation.”
The same person suggested, “Show her the little care packages that some parents make for other passengers, not because she should do that, but so that she sees that other parents understand it isn’t enjoyable for the other people on the plane. If she is going to choose to fly with little kids who don’t tolerate flying well, she also needs to be able to deal with the unhappy passengers she is subjecting her screaming children to.”
To Strangers’ Eyes
For a parent, their kid may be the most beautiful creature in their eyes. However, the same is not true for strangers, especially if the child is annoying and crying for a whole eight hours!
A Redditor wrote, “Not the a**hole. Your kids are adorable and the center of the world to you, not the rest of the world. To the rest of the world, they are just another two kids and ones that are disruptive and annoying at that point. Babies cry, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t annoying. Parents are not entitled to sympathy and help. If you can’t handle dealing with them on a flight on your own, don’t take them on a plane. Simple.”
Expecting 100% Comfort
A Redditor said that if they pay for something, they expect the utmost comfort and nothing to disrupt it.
Someone commented, “Not the a**hole. She has some balls to talk about entitlement when she’s acting like the world owes her anything for having kids. If I spend my money and book a flight, I’m going to expect luxury and comfort. Screaming kids is the last thing on my ‘need on a plane’ list.”
Do you agree with what OP said? Is her sister really entitled?
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This post first appeared as A “Whiny” Mom Said Passengers Were “Rude” for Not Helping Her With Her Fussy Babies on an Eight-Hour Flight. She’s Entitled and Out of Touch, and People Have All the “Right to Be Annoyed!” on Quote Ambition.