How to deal with screaming kids on a flight

Parents, what is the best way to keep children calm on a flight?

Parents, what is the best way to keep children calm on a flight?

You've boarded your flight and you spot a family walking towards you. There are small children. You cross your fingers and hope they walk to the back of the plane, but it isn't to be. They sit right behind you.

As soon as the parents have shepherded their children into their seats, one of the kids starts wailing and kicking the back of your seat. It is going to be a long flight. 

Sound familiar? 

There are many things you can do in this situation: ask the parents to intervene (be warned: this could very quickly turn sour); ask the flight attendant if you can move seats; buy some noise cancelling headphones and tune out.

Would you dare to actually ask the child to be quiet? Would you offer to help the parents? What methods have you tried and tested?

"Get me out of here!"

"Get me out of here!"

Parents, we want to hear from you as well. How do you distract your kids? Once they've started crying, how do you convince them to stop? And how do you deal with other passengers who make you feel extremely guilty? 

We want to know your top tips for dealing with loud children on flights. 

Hit the big button to tell us all about it. You may help other parents deal with their own wailing children, or save some innocent passengers from enduring the fate of simply putting up with a screaming baby neighbour. We welcome submissions of 250-800 words. App users: You can email your submission to

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