Passenger slams family after being told not to eat near their kid during flight – but people are divided

A passenger is divided after being told by a family not to eat near their child during a flight.

However, the situation has split Opinion on-line

A passenger left stunned after being told not to eat near a child during a flight (stock image)


A passenger left stunned after being told not to eat near a child during a flight (stock image)Photo credit: Getty

The passenger said he flew from New York to LA for work and was seated next for a family and a small child.

He explained that he had problems with his diabetes and therefore needed to eat something – and that’s where the problem started.

He wrote on Reddit: “I immediately got glares from the parents and the mom was like, ‘Can’t you do that? Our son.’

“So I put my food away and figured I’d wait for the flight attendant to come by so I could buy food from her and eat at a reasonable time, just to show some respect for her wishes.”

However, after asking the crew for a Coke and snacks, the father of the family informed the crew that the whole line wanted nothing and forced the flight attendant to leave.

He continued, “I go upstairs to press the call light so I can get my food and drink because I actually need it and the dad says, ‘Our son has Prader-Willi, we’d prefer if you wouldn’t eat because.’ It causes tantrums when he doesn’t know he can’t eat and is always hungry.

“At this point, I’m about to throw a tantrum myself, so I look him in the eye and say, ‘I don’t care, fly private if you want to control your surroundings.'”

He said he then ate his snacks before the mother said she had to “raise” him, to which he snapped and told her he “wouldn’t put himself in danger” for her son.

However, he asked if he was wrong after his friend said he should have been more understanding of their son’s condition.

A few people agreed—one person wrote on Reddit: “A child with Prader-Willi Syndrome has a real Because it’s an organic urge to eat food that’s very difficult to control, it’s a really difficult condition to deal with.”

Another wrote: “My heart goes out to the family as I am certain it is a very difficult condition to manage and causes a great deal of stress.”

A third wrote: “Three adults and you couldn’t have a polite conversation about each other’s medical issues and ask the flight attendant to change seats?”

Still, most people were on his side and said it wasn’t his problem to deal with.

One person said: “Even if you don’t have diabetes. People are not allowed to go out in public and force acceptable behavior on others.”

Someone else agreed: “You were absolutely right. They had no right to deny you food and to yell at you about the food, this is public transport and the plane does not belong to them.”

Many also said it was more dangerous not to eat when he had diabetes: “My husband has type 1 diabetes and there was no way he would have waited like the surgery. This can be dangerous, even life-threatening.”

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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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