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Video Mayhem at 30,000 Feet
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Video Mayhem at 30,000 Feet

Inappropriate film for kids shown on plane: What would you do?


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Published: April 13, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 27

(27) Michael, April 25, 2013 4:03 PM

Dual responsibilty

The parents must share responsibility. True, the airline should not show movies with graphic violence etc. since it is known that there are passengers of all ages etc. However, the parents could also have asked, in advance, what the in-flight entertainment would be so they could make appropriate provisions to keep children occupied, rescheduled a flight, asked in advance if the children's screens could be blocked, etc. etc.

(26) Bobby5000, April 21, 2013 5:07 AM

Shocking behavior by the passenger to force a landing

Obviously the flight attendants did not choose the movie or applicable procedures. One can write later, take a child's headphones, or instruct the child to read a book instead of watching an objectionable movie. .

Airplanes can be dangerous for various reasons.
However, to engage in disruptive behavior is outrageous. Once she complained and the stewart said the movie could not be changed and there was little else that could be done, that was it. The passenger was way out of line, and came close to committing a crime.

We have screening by TSA as a result of hijackings and 9/11.
Some may object and there is more than a little convenience. However, each individual doesn't get to determine how screening will occur, and likewise a person doesn't get to determine how the airplane will be operated.

Don't like the airline, change, but be respectful and not disruptive when you are on.

(25) Alice, April 19, 2013 10:15 PM

Offensive according to whom?

Frustrating, difficult and dangerous. Offensive according to whom, slippery slope, this is what leads to censorship. There were those who enjoyed the film, should they be denied the right to watch? Barbie is inappropriate because she depicts women in an unrealistic figure.Disney movies are suspect because they showed women giving up everything for the man. Should these all be banned? How about distract the children and, if they see things they shouldn't , use it as a teachable moment - this, we as Jews don't hold by this. I'd prefer censorship by parent rather than censorship by government.

(24) Anonymous, April 19, 2013 12:26 PM

The choice of "entertainment" (and I use that term very loosely) was a poor one. I definitely would have spoken up. After all, air travel certainly is not free! My son is a young adult with Asperger's Syndrome/high functioning autism, and frankly I would not want HIM to be subjected to the type of movie Rabbi Salomon described.

(23) Concerned Dad, April 17, 2013 10:39 PM

My email Correspondence with United Airlines - Please Complain

I was on a flight from NY to Los Angeles before Pesach. They played "Skyfall," the latest 007 film. It had a lot of violent and inappropriate scenes. My young daughter was glued to the screen. I called one of the flight attendants to complain. She agreed with me and said I should file a complaint online (here is a link: . I wrote that the movie was especially inappropriate after the tragedies in Sandy Hook.

This is the response I received:
Dear Concerned Dad,

Thank you for contacting United Airlines.

We are concerned that you felt the inflight entertainment selection was
inappropriate. The music and video selections chosen for our aircraft
are previewed and edited to ensure the material meets acceptable
industry standards for an audience which may include young children.

Your comments about the movie "Skyfall" are appreciated and will be
forwarded to our marketing division as we continue to improve our

Concerned Dad, we appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming
you on board a future United Airlines flight.


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