A Southwest passenger aboard a flight to Orlando, Florida, was recorded screaming and cursing at the parents of a child who wouldn’t stop crying.
The epic tantrum — caused by the grown man, not the toddler — sent other passengers into hysterics as he screamed at the baby’s persistent crying for 45 minutes before being apprehended by authorities at the airport.
The ordeal unfolded when a bad weather front forced their flight into a holding pattern around the area outside Palm Beach – at which point the young baby began to cry.
Clearly frustrated by the crying child, the man began his raucous tirade about how he had paid for a ticket for a comfortable flight, but those plans were derailed by the baby’s screams.
It’s unclear when the video was shot, but it was only uploaded to TikTok a day ago and has already been viewed 167,000 times.
The Southwest passenger (right) went on a rampage because a child wouldn’t stop crying for 45 minutes. The woman sitting next to him tried to calm him down with little success
He was approached by authorities, including the police, when they finally arrived at Orlando Airport. According to witnesses, he refused to get off the flight after his lengthy verbal abuse with the child’s parents
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During his cursing rant, directed at the parents of the screaming child, the rowdy passenger said, “There’s a kid on the flight crying, non-f***ing-stop.
“We’re in a goddamn can with a baby in a goddamn echo chamber and you want to talk to me about how the hell you’re doing?”
The Southwest employee tried to calm the situation and told him, “Okay, because you’re yelling…”
But he was quickly cut off when the man yelled back, “The baby too!”
When the air steward tried to counter, saying it’s different because he’s basically a grown adult, the yelling customer yelled, “Did that bastard pay extra to yell?”
“F**k you and shut up.”
While the woman sitting next to him quickly tried to calm him down, the angry passenger was heard to say, “I don’t care.
“F**k, lower that baby’s voice. I’m triggered, fuck that.’
Multiple airline staff members also tried to talk to the screaming passenger, but to no avail. In the video, he said he slept with his headphones in, but was still disturbed by the child.
During the hilarious clip, the child’s wailing could be heard in the background.
Passengers continued to laugh at the man – who wouldn’t stop yelling at the crying child
Passengers were left speechless after the tirade – which ended up causing more of a nuisance than the crying baby itself
After the air steward seemingly tried to reprimand him for his expletive attack, he added, “I know a lawyer like you, Mother, I have rights.”
“If I hadn’t said anything, we’d be on this goddamn flight with a crying child for 45 minutes.” Bulls**t.’
However, the airborne saga did not end there. Initially, the rowdy passenger refused to get off the plane.
After landing at Orlando Airport, the passenger was surrounded by authorities – including police officers – as he pleaded his case, claiming his actions were justified because he should not have been disturbed.
Orlando police declined to comment. It is unclear whether the man was punished by the police or the airline.
The ordeal sent social media users into hysterics — with a comment, “Did we try to wrap this guy up? He needs some calming techniques.’
A second person added, “Tough situation all around but that guy is so hilarious. Like every line was a masterpiece.’
Another said, “You know…as someone who doesn’t have kids…I get it,” while a fourth added, “I feel his pain.”
A fifth said: ‘I understand his frustration, but um, it’s a child. He made it worse. When he said the baby had to pay extra, I screamed.’
Other people were more sympathetic to the child’s mother, writing, “I just know the mother is traumatized about flying again.”
Another social media user said, “Everyone on the plane thought it, but he was the one who said it and he said it badly.”
Airline staff (pictured) tried unsuccessfully to talk to the screaming passenger
This comes just days after Toronto Blue Jays player Anthony Bass added fuel to the fiery debate over airplane etiquette after tweeting about his recent flight story.
The 35-year-old, who is from Michigan but plays for Canada’s MLB team, posted a Twitter photo on Sunday of his two toddler daughters playing on electronic devices with popcorn strewn on the floor during a flight.
In the accompanying caption, the sportsman – whose husband was traveling alone – explained that the flight attendant had “forced” his wife to clean up their children’s leftovers during the trip, expressing his outrage at the situation.
“The flight attendant @united just got my 22 weeks pregnant wife traveling with a five year old and a two year old on her hands and knees to clean up my youngest daughter’s popcorn mess,” he tweeted before adding, “Are you ahead of me?” fool?!?!’
As Bass expressed his outrage at the situation, many Twitter users called him out, saying it’s every parent’s responsibility to clean up the floor, not the cabin crew.
One commenter and a fellow dad wrote, “I have three kids, just flew the bus for 12 hours and was able to clean them up – for any mess. It’s called parenting.
“Do you expect park janitors to clean up after your pet? No; Your child, your responsibility.
‘The argument I am making is about expectations and rights. The flight crew is not our slave; they will help if asked, not supposed to.’
Another of Bass’s critics wrote, “A good parent would have taught their children to pick it up and be respectful of others.”
The debate over airline etiquette also sparked after a solo traveler got into a fight with a father for making his young daughter cry.
The 22-year-old woman took to the Reddit discussion forum and said she reserved a window seat for her nine-hour international flight.
Once she got on the plane and made it to the right aisle, she saw that there was a young child in her space and her father was in the middle seat.
The man stared at her and said “she’s a child” before pointing to the aisle seat, suggesting that the young woman should sit there, but she insisted on taking her pre-booked spot, which the little girl burst into tears.
Commentators broadly supported the young woman, who herself was upset about leaving her family behind.