Passenger who slapped toddler on airplane stirring up a lot of revenge fantasies
This has gone viral already since last week, and thanks to Designer Daddy’s revenge fantasy piece, it has lit up the Dad Bloggers network I’m a part of. To summarize, this “executive” from Idaho is now facing federal charges for slapping a 19-month-old boy on an airplane. The boy was crying as the flight descended. The mother and child seated next to the man, Joe Rickey Hundley, suffered racial slurs from the man before he fully lost it and slapped the kid in the face.
ABC News ran an interview with the family: the mother is still shook up and the dad…well, the dad is reacting the way most men are reacting to the story. Some of the responses from our group have included willingly accepting jail time to take care of such a threat to tying the jagoff to a tree near a playground and letting the squirrels have at him. (OK, so I wrote that, and now that I’m sharing it with the world, I should retract, or at least edit to say that I would make sure there were no kids to witness such a playground mob.)
What would you do if a stranger smacked your kid or roughed them up in any way? Has anyone had to encounter this?
It’s easy to say what we’d do from behind a computer screen. This type of public aggravation isn’t uncommon. Crying kids on planes are a nuisance. (What part of air travel isn’t?) Two weeks ago we ran a piece on AirAsia introducing child-free zones on its flights; parents responding to the article were almost unanimous in support of it. The US carriers won’t be far behind in implementing this.
It doesn’t justify this guy’s behavior. Would our reaction to him be justified? If it happened to me in reality, I might be so dumbstruck, so instinctively prone to protect my kid, I don’t know if I’d do anything other than run away. The wisest course of action would be what? To tell on him? Isn’t that what we tell our kids when faced with a bully?
What I suspect I would do might be as horrendous as what this guy did. Would I feel better about fighting this guy in front of my kid?
Absolutely. This is a rare instance where violence justifies violence.
Thoughts? How would you have reacted? Or, how have you reacted?
—photo ABC News