....and as the husband of a flight attendant, I can tell you pretty confidently that most of the time the problem isn't the kid(s), it's the parents. If kids are running wild in an airplane it's because the parents aren't trying hard enough to teach them how to behave in situations like that. Our daughter sits in her seat, reads, watches videos and has a snack. We've been through delays, cancellations, the whole lot and she has never raised hell in a plane.
From my wife I've heard stories of kids crying because they were hungry and their parents didn't have the sense to pack a snack or bottle for them. "It was only supposed to be a two-hour flight" is a common excuse. I guess they never heard of delays.
Perhaps instead of banning kids they should quickly interview the parents to make sure they've done their jobs before boarding.
I though it made good reading. I have to agree that if young ones are part of the passenger list, brother look out. It maybe the only time homeland sec. allows havoc aboard. I've seen the worst and yet the quietest too. Basically, you know something is bound to happen that gets your attention.