Entitlement Society: Couple Thinks They Have A Right To Inflict Their Children On Others


Recently Jet Blue kicked a couple and their kids off an international flight because their kids were throwing a fit on board and causing delays because they wouldn’t allow themselves to be buckled. The couple ran to the media complaining that Jet Blue had no “compassion,” and got an interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer during which their kids showed how well-behaved they aren’t:

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Most of us have traveled with kids at one point or another, and so most of us have had that moment where we know our kids are irritating the strangers around us. It’s not fun. That being said, the airline was showing compassion. They were being compassionate to every other person on that plane who didn’t have to take an international flight with a couple of screaming kids, misbehaving kids.

A little bit of tolerance for some unruly little ones is one thing. Parents who expect strangers to deal with their kids despite their inability to control them is quite another.

It’s the same sort of attitude that leads some people to think that other people should subsidize their sex lives, or that they can walk into a bar and expect everyone else to quit smoking to accommodate them.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • sbark

    Future OWS cretians……

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Not bad kids, but bad parents

    • factsarefacts

       Thank you Mickey_Moussaoui.  (I hope Rob is reading this.)

      They are bad parents.  Same applies for school and everything else.  My kids are good, because I raise them that way.  If I raised these kids, I assure you we would not have been thrown off a plane. 

      You made my case about schools.  Parents need to raise their kids, then we can teach them.  Not the other way around.

  • WOOF

    Captains call.

    Should have put em in a carrier and
    strapped them to the top of the plane.

  • Davoarid

    “It’s the same sort of attitude that leads some people to think that other people should subsidize their sex lives, or that they can walk into a bar and expect everyone else to quit smoking to accommodate them.”

    Or that they should be able to fly wherever they want without going through a security clearance.

    Oh wait, that one’s different. Cuz, ya know, civil rights and stuff. Ron Paul for president woot!

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Bulls eye!

  • ndoldman

    doctors? haven’t they heard of valium? I’m sure they have had no problem putting many kids on drugs so kids don’t bother teachers, what a double standard.

  • Happyteresa1

    i hate kids they spoil my day  when i go out i hear them noisy bastards i wish they could all be stunned in to silence

    • borborygmi

      Conservative values on parenting,   ndoldman,  drug them,    Happyt   stun them,   Woof  cage them….  And there you have it.  Neiman how about the biblical ,  beat them,    WIth values like these why aren’t Conservatives for contraception?

      • $8194357

        You jump to boat load of conclusions there oh annointed fart bubble…All by your self..

      • ndoldman

        My point to drug them was that when a teacher thinks that a student in school doesn’t sit like a zombe in class than turn to meds. in case you didn’t listen/watch  to the video these were both drs odd how medding other peoples kids no problem their own hell no.

  • Econwarrior

    It’s really like smokers feeling entitled to inflict their toxic waste on others, except that exposure to children won’t give you emphysema and eventually kill you.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    This family and their children are demonstrating the same sort of attitude we see when we have unruly Tea Party protesters barging in on community events screaming and demanding that they get their way and everyone listen to them.

    We say this same unruly behavior when Joe Wilson shouted “you lie”, expecting everyone else to tolerate his belligerence and vagrancy.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      yawn…you put everyone to sleep

  • GunnySarge

    Saw this bit this morning on the Today Show and was
    Laughing my a$$ off. The comedy was priceless!!!!! THis couple was the example of the Entitlement Society..

  • mickey_moussaoui

    yuppies and their puppies

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    See what happens when we are told “it takes a village to raise a child?”

    • borborygmi

      looks like they need a village.

  • borborygmi

    parental failure or simply 2 and 3 year olds acting like 2 and 3 year olds? 

    • JrzyGirl87

      yes they are 2 & 3, but seriously. this isn’t a case of bad parenting, it’s a case of NO parenting. kids should be taught EARLY on how to behave OR at least listen to when a parent gives tells them what to do. i’m not saying this is Victorian times, but the parents should have brought something to occupy the children … a snack, a toy, a coloring book. SOMETHING!

  • SigFan

    This reminds me of a time I was flying from Pittsburgh to Tokyo.  I was on the second leg of what is a very long flight and needed to get some sleep as I had to go straight into work once we arrived in Japan.  There was a young couple behind me with their daughter, a very cute 4-5 year old.  As we got into the air this little girl kicked the back of my seat hard enough to make me – a not small adult male – jump.  I figured that it was a “one-off” and settled back again to try to sleep.  For the next 2 hours, about every ten minutes or so this kid repeated her assault on the back of my seat.  Finally, giving up on the idea that her parents would settle her down, I stood up and looked back at the mother and father and asked them politely to please ensure their child cease and desist.  They looked a little put-out at first, then embarrassed.  I settled back in my seat and slept peacefully through the remainder of the flight.  It is not the children who are at fault in most of these instances – it is the parents that turn a blind eye to the misbehavior of their little darlings and tolerate it – and expect others to do so as well.  This case seems to be one of those same situations – parents that aren’t responsible enough to be parents shouldn’t be parents.

    • factsarefacts

       Again, could not agree more.  Nice post.  It’s difficult being a parent. So, sometimes it’s easier to just give up and ignore “inappropriate” behavior. 

      Same applies for education.  Same applies for life.  (Liberals just don’t get that.)

      • SigFan

        I am not sure when people lost the ability to be authoritarian in parenting their kids. My folks were not stern, or harsh, and they rarely raised their voices at us and other than a couple of swats on the backside (deserved) were not physical with us. But my brother and I knew that if we misbehaved in public they would not tolerate it and we would be in big trouble, or at least what seemed to be big trouble to a child. Kids learn fast, and when they see their parents ignore what they should correct they accept that as the norm and continue the behavior forever. It really doesn’t take a lot to correct that kind of thing, it just takes consistency in most cases. And as you say, that same consistency and discipline works for most things in life.

    • JackButler

      “This case seems to be one of those same situations – parents that aren’t responsible enough to be parents shouldn’t be parents.”

      Trouble is it’s easier to become a parent, than to be one.

      • SigFan

        I’ve seen a lot of young couples have children early in life, without really thinking through the implications and responsibilities being a parent brings. I think a lot of them get caught up in the idea of having a cute little mini-us running around and simply don’t think far enough ahead to realize the huge change having children will make in their lives.

  • Onslaught1066

     “Couple Thinks They Have A Right To Inflict Their Children On Others”

    The most flagrant offenders right here! (what a couple of selfish bastards, should have aborted like any good liberal)


  • Spartacus

    The spray bottle full of water must not have worked on these two.

    • Onslaught1066

       The original two or the two just above?

  • Spartacus

    The two in the picture you linked would need a bucket of water thrown on them, it’s the only way to break up that kind of knot.

  • Guest

    two doctors who have likely had their kids raised by daycare providers…