Has anyone here encountered somebody kicking the back of their seat on an airline?
Boston to Heathrow. Started before the plane even took off, so I turned around to the German kid and father and simply said "Please, if your child kicks my chair between here and Heathrow, I shall be equally as annoying to you. Please stop him, keep him stopped and we will have a pleasant flight". And it worked - staying civil with a hint of a threat is always good.
Now, on my flight from Heathrow to Miami, we had the 2 side seats on a 2-3-2 configuration. My wife was sat behind an autistic/aspergic child. He was with a carer, NOT a parent. This carer was the most useless person I have ever seen. I know a little about such issues, and he acted 100% wrong. Every time the poor child was about to doze off, the carer would tell him about Disneyworld and wind him up. This lead to him shaking violently in his seat. This got to the point whereby my wife ended up wearing her drink.
I am not heartless, so I had a very quiet and subtle word with a steward, asking if there were seats we could move to, but there were not. So I wrote a note and tapped the carer on the shoulder and passed it over saying thanks. It simply read that the child he was caring for currently wanted to sleep, as did most of the people on the plane. I can understand anyone being excited about Florida, but the boy was not - he didn't care there and then, so stop projecting your own excitement onto someone who is incapable of caring - do your job and let the poor lad rest.
He leant back and said "###### off, British c*nt". Unfortunately the steward heard/saw all of this, and took the initiative to move the carer to one of the middle 3 seats, swapping with the boys sister. Job done. I smiled at the carer, who now had to sit next to a REALLY big guy. But the story doesn't end here.
The steward came over and chatted, found out we were on honeymoon, and said he thought I showed a lot of restraint but obviously understood the childs needs. He gave us a free bottle of champagne. Now, don't get me wrong, I like champagne, but never drink when flying - it dehydrates me hugely. So we put it in out bag. One thing leads to another, and all holiday we never got round to drinking it. I had been harping on about how good the airline company was, so I figured if we were over weight limit upon the return (souvenirs, etc) I would give the bottle to the check-in desk. Except at Orlando airport, they had the shittiest attitude. I asked if removing the bottle was likely to fix things, and they re-weighed. I told them what I planned to do with the bottle, but their attitude stunk, so I gave it to some random couple who looked like they were arriving. May have seemed really odd to them! LOL