originally posted by: SeaYote
a reply to: infolurker
Having traveled with baby and stroller -- in the U.S., the stroller is supposed to be checked at the gate & airlines have it ready for you in the
jet-way upon arrival. It's a safety issue. What did she want it on the plane for? From the audio, she has a European accent, perhaps she didn't
With that said, clearly the rough tough American Airlines dude has no people skills and should have calmly and politely explained this to the mom.
I traveled with a small child and a stroller, and another child, some years back. Smaller stroller, and flew within the U.S. for part of the trip, ad
overseas for part. Every single plane, the stroller went on the plane with us, and a flight attendant stowed it in a closet on board. No hassle, no
complaints, very helpful. The ONLY issue we had on those trips was before boarding, when they allowed people to push past, to board, at a time it was
supposed to be people with small children. That wasn't the cabin crew, though. Checked "at the gate", in our case, meant rolling it on board,
removing my son, and having the flight attendant stow it. Now, this was some years ago, as the son in the stroller is now in his twenties, but it
wasn't a big deal then, so I don't see why it would be now. If she was allowed to bring it aboard, then she can't be blamed for doing so. The time
to tell her someone else would need to would have been before boarding.
I did note that other passengers were boarding, right past all the chaos, too, and no space or time was given to allow this woman with two small
children to board. That's similar to what I saw. Some people can be very, very rude about children on a plane, as though parents have no right to
fly. The worst thing ever saw was when flying with my smallest, to a funeral, and that was from another passenger. The baby was in her carseat -
required by regulation - in the window seat, I was in the center one, and another woman was at the aisle. The carseat overhung the armrest on that
side, so I only had one available. This woman, NOT large, decided to hog that one, as well as the aisle side, literally shoving my arm off. Even
when a meal was served, she refused to move an inch, so I couldn't, literally, move my arms hardly at all, given the cramped space. She was
right-handed, and had her right arm at the aisle, so she didn't need the other armrest, and was just being hateful. The baby, for the record, was
very quiet, no problem at all. This case, a flight attendant ended up moving us to another seat, as soon as some people got off.