For fliers, it's a hot-button issue that never loses its luster: Should children be banned on certain flights or from certain sections of the plane so passengers don't have to put up with screaming, fidgeting or just plain old kids' stuff?
Christopher Elliott, who writes the That's Ridiculous! column for Frommer's, tackled the issue this month in an article titled "Should We Ban Kids From Red-Eye Flights?" But instead of the usual polarized blather, Elliot painted a compelling picture of what happened during an overnight flight from San Francisco to Boston from both sides of the aisle, so to speak.
And the more than two-score readers who commented reflect an equally civil tone with some good suggestions (noise-canceling headphones, of course) and the observation that rude, loud or drunk adults can be worse than unruly children.
But back to the article. Elliott told the plight of Lawrence, the frustrated traveler who was eager to get some sleep on the flight, and the frustrated dad whose toddler refused to sleep and went into a full-blown screaming meltdown toward the end of the flight.