The mother revealed in a Facebook post, about the horrendous ordeal she experienced while flying with her toddler on four-hour Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne on Sunday night.
The issues started before the plane had even taken off when the mum says a male passenger in front of her, turned around and shook his head at her little boy.
A man sitting behind the toddler was accusing him of kicking his seat on the plane. Source: Facebook
When she asked if anything was wrong, he allegedly replied, “I just hope he doesn’t kick my seat the whole way”.
The mum says she was perplexed as her son’s legs barely dangled over the edge of his seat – let alone kick the seat in front.
Unimpressed with his comment, she told the man that if he wanted to avoid sitting in front of a child – he should book always book business class.
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However, this didn’t stop the irate passenger from continuing his rage.
As the plane was about to take off, he turned around again, and asked if the boy to stop kicking.
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Passenger writes racist text about toddler
Unfortunately, the tense exchange didn’t stop there.
THe mum was horrified when she saw the male passenger’s racist text message. Source: Facebook
Once the flight had taken off, the mother saw the man’s phone screen through the seats and was utterly aghast and what she read.
She saw the words: “lovely fat Islander woman with her black kid” kicking his seat.
Understandably very offended, the mother called the man on the text message he was midway through typing.
When she confronted him, she said he seemed “shocked” and immediately started to delete the racist text.
“I feel as though the whole interaction had nothing to do with my son ‘kicking’ his chair but merely something to do with how we looked, with his racial comments or simply because I had a child who was sitting right behind him,” the mum wrote.
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A flight attendant eventually moved the pair to the back of the plane, but the mum will never fly without her husband again. Source: Facebook
“Shout out to the flight attendants who went out of their way to make sure we were OK”
Being the final straw, the mum said she felt “tired, frustrated and mad” about the appalling situation.
Thankfully a flight attendant stepped in and moved them to the back of the plane, with another man and his teenage son taking their seats.
“Shout out to the flight attendants who went out of their way to make sure we were okay the whole flight, even though my son would not settle,” the mum praised.
“I’m not one to share anything or write statuses but this one I was prompted to in the hopes that if you see anything like that, I hope you are not a bystander like the many people on that flight who didn’t bother to help or do anything.”
The distressing incident has put the mother off every flying without her husband again.
The rude passenger eventually saw the error of his ways and eventually apologised to a cabin crew member later on.
“Should a customer feel uncomfortable during their journey, they should raise it with a member of our crew who are trained on how to manage various situations, as they did on this occasion,” Qantas said in a statement to news.com.au.
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