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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: 28

(28) Mom of many, March 29, 2015 4:19 PM

I would speak up

Showing an R film on a flight is completely inappropriate. I would have nicely tried to get the flight staff to see my point of view. There have been enough psychological studies on the effects of violence on children. Next we should let our kids watch porn if it's shown on the flight? How many people would remain quiet if 50 shades was shown??? A line must be drawn. What if simply i had a headache and needed the dark to rest - would they have been so insensitive then??? What if I was black and an old Archie bunker was shown? There needs to be limits.

(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.

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