A dad on board this Redditor’s flight selfishly demanded that their landing get pushed back—all because his unruly child refused to sit, and he didn’t want to deal with his fussing!
Strapped for a Few Hours
A couple of days before this story was posted, OP was flying from the United Kingdom to Central Europe. Since it wasn’t a long-haul flight, there was a big chance she wouldn’t encounter any problems.
Spoke Too Soon
However, it turned out that an entitled dad was seated a few rows ahead of OP. He was in an aisle seat with his two “toddler-aged” kids.
OP guesses the kids were between 18 months to 2 years old, and they were sitting in the middle and window seats.
OP noted that the kids were a “little boisterous.” They would stand up on the seats and be a bit loud.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
However, since it was a relatively short flight, OP decided to ignore them. She put on her headphones, relaxed, and thought, “Whatever.”
Preparing for Landing
A couple of hours passed, and it was time for them to land. Everyone in the cabin was preparing, as they would be on the ground in 5 to 10 minutes.
During this time, one of the flight attendants noticed that one of the toddlers was still standing in his seat. She immediately approached the entitled dad to ask him to sit his child down and fasten his seatbelt.
However, the man just refused. He said he’s tired, but his son just doesn’t want to sit.
Going Over the SOPs
So, the flight attendant started giving the entitled dad a full rundown of their SOPs.
OP wrote, “The fight assistant spends the next few minutes explaining exactly why his child needs to be sat down with the entitled dad refusing.”
OP could see the flight attendant getting more and more frustrated. Then, suddenly, the entitled dad asked if they could “fly around for a bit longer” so he could settle his son down.
It’s safe to say that everyone on the plane—even OP—couldn’t believe what they just heard.
She wrote, “Cue what the f*** looks from everyone listening to what was going on.”
I Mean Business
However, the flight attendant adamantly refused, said they were landing now, and ensured the dad understood she meant business.
To No Avail
The entitled dad tried a couple more times to convince the flight attendant to give him another 30 minutes before he realized that nothing he wanted to happen would happen.
So, he finally started getting his now-screaming son fastened in his seat.
Not even five minutes later, their plane landed and touched down on the ground.
OP couldn’t believe he would want to delay the plane’s landing just so he could “avoid doing some actual parenting!”
The Community’s Take on the Matter
Some users had similar experiences as OP. One even shared how she witnessed how an entitled person was taught his lesson on a flight from Australia to New Zealand.
This user wrote, “I was on a flight once from Australia to New Zealand, and some entitled f*** gave the attendant crap about the tray and putting his computer away while landing.”
She added, “She was new and came up front to complain, and the older one said, ‘Don’t worry, just watch.’ She went and shut him down, then on landing, told police at the gate who he was. He got pulled off and grilled, and then at border control, I swear they were going to go cavity search on him. They let him in but made it clear: don’t f*** around!”
He Should Be Sued!
Others pointed out that what the entitled man did endangered his own child.
One woman wrote, “For real. Landing gear hits the tarmac, and suddenly, his kid’s ground is unstable, and boom—the kid falls and cracks their head on the seat in front of them.”
Endangering Everyone on Board
Redditors agreed that what the man did endangered his kid. But more than that, what he did put everyone’s well-being at risk!
“Not to mention they don’t fly with planes completely full of fuel every time. Some airlines fly with the bare minimum required of enough to get to destination plus 45-minute reserve, so just flying around for an extra 30 minutes could turn into an emergency situation,” said one Redditor.
Another wrote, “People forget these laws and rules are created by the FAA. The ‘F’ stands for Federal. They are non-negotiable—mostly—and in place for those parts of the flight: take-off, landing, and turbulence, where there is a higher risk of an emergency situation to occur and time is of the essence.”
What do you think of the man OP encountered? Do you think he should face serious repercussions for his actions?
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This post first appeared as An Entitled Dad Demanded the Pilot “Fly the Plane Around Longer” and “Delay Landing” After He Failed to Sit His “Boisterous” Kids Down and Buckle Them Up. It’s Just Crazy! on Quote Ambition.