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Any passenger rage will be dealt with

Charles Chauvel. Photo / Supplied
Charles Chauvel. Photo / Supplied

Air New Zealand does not have any protocols on dealing specifically with noisy children.

However, the airline's passenger policy on conduct while on board states that any passenger found to be causing "discomfort [or] inconvenience" to other passengers will be dealt with.

"We may take such measures as we deem necessary to prevent continuation of such conduct - including restraint," the code reads.

"You may be off-loaded at any point, prosecuted for offences committed on board the aircraft and we may decide to refuse to carry you at any time in the future."

Labour MP Charles Chauvel's response to noisy children is not the first to make the headlines, and many people may feel sympathy towards him having been on a long flight with a distressed child.

In December last year Ivana Trump was dragged off a flight in Florida after she unleashed a tirade of expletives at children and police.

Donald Trump's 60-year-old ex-wife was unhappy with the seat given to her in first class and given another place on the Delta-Northwest flight bound for La Guardia Airport.

Although Trump had headphones on to block out any unwanted noise, the sound of a baby crying threw her into a rage.

"The reason she got so upset was the children, and she started screaming, 'I want to go back home!," the New York Post reported.

Trump's behaviour forced officials to take the plane back to the terminal.

But noisy children don't have it all their own way. A Southwest Airlines crew ordered a mother and her son off a flight from Amarillo to San Jose last year, because the boy was screaming "Go! Plane! Go!" and "I want Daddy!" repeatedly while the jet waited for takeoff.

The plane returned to the gate for what the pilot described as "a passenger issue."

Meanwhile, when Associated Press travel editor Beth Harpaz wrote a column suggesting there might be a growing backlash against travelling families, and specifically, children on planes, she received 1700 emails - some supportive, some angry.

- NZ Herald

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