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Kid behavior onboard how would you have dealt with it?

Old Aug 20, 19, 9:32 am
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Talking Kid behavior onboard how would you have dealt with it?

On a quite recent CE flight back to LHR.

Family of 6 sitting as follows: Mum (1A), Dad (1C), Kid n1 (2A), Kid n2 (2C), Kid n3 (2D) Kid n4 (2F).
If I were one of the parents I would have preferred to sit in 2A/C together with my partner to get a better overview of the 4 kids (side-wise and in front). I was sitting in 1F.

I was the last boarding and before I sat down I saw Kid n4 sitting behind me without shoes and with both his feet on both my armrests.
Quite smelly feet to be honest, it was a hot day in Italy and Im not sure for how long the kid had been walking. During the flight his feet touch my elbows / arms several times.

Parents were enjoying their iPads and drinking booze all time, no kind of interaction whatsoever with the kids, all kids had their own iPad too (I recon the age ranged between 6 and 10). In the lounge, kids were playing and entertaining themselves with food wasting most of it and throwing it in the bins straight away again parents didnt say a word.

What would you have done to fix the smelly and "touching" feet situation?

a) Live with it
b) Reach out to the smelly kid
c) Reach out to the busy parents
d) Reach out to professional cabin crew

Looking forward to hearing your point of view
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by 81romeo View Post
On a quite recent CE flight back to LHR.

Family of 6 sitting as follows: Mum (1A), Dad (1C), Kid n1 (2A), Kid n2 (2C), Kid n3 (2D) Kid n4 (2F).
If I were one of the parents I would have preferred to sit in 2A/C together with my partner to get a better overview of the 4 kids (side-wise and in front). I was sitting in 1F.

I was the last boarding and before I sat down I saw Kid n4 sitting behind me without shoes and with both his feet on both my armrests.
Quite smelly feet to be honest, it was a hot day in Italy and Im not sure for how long the kid had been walking. During the flight his feet touch my elbows / arms several times.

Parents were enjoying their iPads and drinking booze all time, no kind of interaction whatsoever with the kids, all kids had their own iPad too (I recon the age ranged between 6 and 10). In the lounge, kids were playing and entertaining themselves with food wasting most of it and throwing it in the bins straight away again parents didnt say a word.

What would you have done to fix the smelly and "touching" feet situation?

a) Live with it
b) Reach out to the smelly kid
c) Reach out to the busy parents
d) Reach out to professional cabin crew

Looking forward to hearing your point of view
From what you describe I wouldn't even waste your time with the parents.
I have two kids (which is easier), but my spouse and I will never sit together, we sit next to one of the kids.
In this circumstance, I feel that the crew should be reaching out to you, as opposed to you having to reach out to them.
I would have thought that they see this frequently and therefore should react accordingly rather than you having to have any confrontation with the parents.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:49 am
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With a huge grin Id have poured a full glass of coke and ice over the head of the smelly child, after stabbing his foot with a pen prior, of course
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:51 am
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Id have just used my elbows to point out to the child what the armrests are for
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:51 am
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e) accidentally spill coffee... on both n4 feet.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:53 am
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I wouldn't "reach out" at all unless I was in the Four Tops but if it was bothering me I'd have a quiet word with the cabin crew.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by 81romeo View Post
On a quite recent CE flight back to LHR.

Family of 6 sitting as follows: Mum (1A), Dad (1C), Kid n1 (2A), Kid n2 (2C), Kid n3 (2D) Kid n4 (2F).
If I were one of the parents I would have preferred to sit in 2A/C together with my partner to get a better overview of the 4 kids (side-wise and in front). I was sitting in 1F.

I was the last boarding and before I sat down I saw Kid n4 sitting behind me without shoes and with both his feet on both my armrests.
Quite smelly feet to be honest, it was a hot day in Italy and Im not sure for how long the kid had been walking. During the flight his feet touch my elbows / arms several times.

Parents were enjoying their iPads and drinking booze all time, no kind of interaction whatsoever with the kids, all kids had their own iPad too (I recon the age ranged between 6 and 10). In the lounge, kids were playing and entertaining themselves with food wasting most of it and throwing it in the bins straight away again parents didnt say a word.

What would you have done to fix the smelly and "touching" feet situation?

a) Live with it
b) Reach out to the smelly kid
c) Reach out to the busy parents
d) Reach out to professional cabin crew

Looking forward to hearing your point of view
Parents I guess.... I travel with 4 kids and have to strike a balance between accepting they're kids and the standards I expect from them as someone who travels a lot. You can't watch them all, 100% of the time.... However reading your description you'd probably have been wasting your time tbh
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Old Aug 20, 19, 9:57 am
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Tell him your mate Busta is on his way..?
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:01 am
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How about raising the arm rest, or both if the release button was there
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:05 am
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Little point engaging with the parents when they are clearly disinterested - speak to the cabin crew.

One of the problems here is that I've no doubt the parents in this case would become instantly defensive if the behaviour of their kids was pointed out by a fellow passenger. Maybe they would react differently (perhaps out of embarrassment) if the crew have a word.

Kids won't always behave and that's nature, but there is no excuse for inactive parenting. It can be very annoying for sure but as long as the parents are trying it's understandable.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:13 am
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I'd have politely just asked the kid to take his feet of my armrest. That's always worked for me in similar situations. I'd only get the crew involved if the parents took umbrage.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:14 am
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Some parents will have the courtesy to position a little seat kicker behind one of themselves so that other passengers aren't disturbed, also having at least two of the kids sitting behind them might have been a considerate move.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by Oaxaca View Post
Tell him your mate Busta is on his way..?
Not relevant and not funny at all, in my opinion.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:25 am
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The level of passive aggressiveness on this board always astonishes me...

What about a "Would you mind not putting your feet on my armrests?"

I'm sure that works. Also teaches the kids a thing or two about how their behaviour affects other people.

Afterwards, thank them for removing their feet - reinforces positive behaviour.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by Englishlee0710 View Post
I'd have politely just asked the kid to take his feet of my armrest. That's always worked for me in similar situations. I'd only get the crew involved if the parents took umbrage.
Exactly this. Children tend to be pretty straight forward (well at least if they're not your own!) and often unaware of the results of their own actions.
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