MAILBAG: Kicking kid on a plane

Karen from Spring Lake asked a question about airline passenger etiquette.
Mark Brooky
Jun 22, 2012

She said she is taking a trip soon and never flew on plane, so she's a bit nervous. Specifically, Karen asked: "If a kid in the seat behind me was kicking my seat, what do I do? Do I yell at him? Do I ask his parents to make him stop? Do I ask the flight attendant?"


Travel Leaders Group of Plymouth, Minn., recently released a survey of airline passengers with questions much like the ABC-TV show, "What Would You Do?" The survey was conducted from April 4 to May 16, and 855 consumers responded. One of the survey's questions was the same as Karen's.

The travel group asked: "If a child was seated behind you on an airplane and constantly kicked your seat, what would you do?"

The overwhelming top response was: Turn around and say something directly to the parent or child (62.8%).

The second response: Call a flight attendant and let him or her handle the situation (10.2%).

Other responses: Sit quietly and say nothing, while hoping the parent will stop their child (9.7%); Ignore it, children will be children (6.7%); turn around and glare at the parent or child (6.1%); and not sure (4.5%).

For more tips, read the CNN article, "Air travel etiquette: 14 ways to avoid being a jerk," by clicking here.

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Those darn kids are always kicking the back of my chair! I just turn around and snap a pencil in their little faces, that usually scares them.

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