Baltimore, MD

Enraged passenger throws a tantrum mid-air over a crying baby. Plane diverted to manage him.

Maya Devi

A man flying from Baltimore, Maryland, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, via a SouthWest Airlines flight threw a tantrum and went on a profanity-laced outcry over a crying baby.

Fox News reported the incident along with a video captured by a fellow passenger, Mark Grabowski, recording the irate man arguing with the flight crew. The video went viral when posted on TikTok, garnering over 180,000 views.

In the video, the man claims the baby had been crying for 40 minutes straight and, apparently, he was woken up from a nap even after using a headphone because of the noise. He claimed he was entitled to a “comfortable flight” since he paid for a ticket but felt like he was trapped in a tin with a crying baby.

Although the flight attendants tried to point out that he was a grown-up man and the other was a baby, the man ignored it. He also overlooked the inconvenience he was causing the other passengers on the flight.

As the crew was unable to calm the feral passenger, the flight had to take a detour and land at Orlando International Airport, where refused to get off the flight, forcing the entire flight to deplane. Once he was out, security personnel comforted the man as he claimed he had the right to shout because there were two adults with the baby.

So far, we aren’t sure whether the man will be facing charges for his actions.

Was the man overreacting?

While enclosed inside a plane with a crying baby isn’t the best for napping or even enjoying a flight, it’s clearly not a reason to shout. If you’re someone who sympathizes with the man because you can’t stand a crying baby, here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Be kind to the parents. Understand they’re probably dying of embarrassment because of the wailing baby, so a smile or an offer to help can go a long way.
  • Offer aisle seat. Parents with a baby might need more room, and the middle seat isn’t the best. If the baby is crying due to physical discomfort, the parent switching to the aisle seat can calm them down.
  • Use headphones. Sometimes using a headphone might cancel out the outside noise and provide you the relief you want.
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