In general, air travel can make even the most seasoned flier come undone at times with all of the security installations and other novice travelers holding up the process. Throw a toddler into the mix and it can be downright torture.
Not just for other passengers but for parents as well. Keeping their ears from popping or from them causing a scene is daunting, but it’s the price you pay for flying with a small child. However, even the most prepared parent can face challenging moments with their toddler that may garner a few dirty looks from the rest of the plane but moms and dads can find that magic touch to alleviate chaos caused by their little one soon after and everyone is back in business.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen on one flight and it was all documented on video.
Passengers on a flight from Germany to Newark, NJ experienced one of the most frustrating eight hours of their lives when one three-year-old could not be calmed down for the entirety of the flight.
Shane Townley, a passenger on the flight and an artist/filmmaker, documented the unruly child’s behavior in a video and wrote about the ordeal.
“My wife and I were passengers on this 8-hour flight. It was torture. I have the right to film my discomfort. The airlines asked the mother to leave the flight with the child before the flight took off. The mother lied and pleaded and convinced the flight attendant that the kid would be fine once the plane took off and he could use his iPad (internet). If the mother knew he had a problem or a type of autism, why wouldn’t she have a pre-downloaded video or content? Anyways the flight took off and the kid never stopped for 8 hours… that’s an 8-hour tantrum folks. Why did she have to wait for the internet or Wifi? Is the kid addicted to the internet? Doesn’t she see what she’s doing to her kids? Also the airline should have been more responsible in this situation as a plane full of 200 souls was affected for 8 hours of screaming and nothing was rectified yet as of now. Updates to come, keep checking back and subscribe to my channel for more.”
The issue people are having is that his video and subsequent posts about it seem exploitative. His Instagram bio proudly states: “I was on a flight when a child had a 8hr tantrum. I posted it to my YouTube channel and it reached 4.5 million views. Wake up call to parents –> youtube.com/shanetownley”
Many people aren’t disagreeing that they couldn’t imagine being on a flight with a toddler having an eight-hour tantrum and you can clearly see the other passengers are beside themselves with frustration in the video but is Townley using this video to further his own agenda? That’s the question that has been cropping up as the video becomes more viral.
Watch The Video And Judge For Yourself:
Do you think Townley is being a little dramatic or is his concerns and complaints on-point?
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