Q: I hate when kids on airplanes scream and fuss for hours or play a game of “who can kick the seat harder?” Please tell me how I can get them to stop.
A: Cranky kids can ruin air travel–but whether you should speak to their parents depends on exactly what is happening. If a little one is crying,don’t complain–the parents are probably already doing their best to calm her. (However, you might see if there’s a seat available elsewhere.) Kick-the-seat is a different story. Just address the parents (or child) politely: “Excuse me, but my seat is getting banged. Would you please try to stop it? Thanks!”