JetBlue Complaint - Where do I begin??
I fly often between Las Vegas and New York and normally fly on Virgin America (GREAT airline!). However I had a credit from a cancelled flight last year, so I booked on Jet Blue. I paid their extra $40 to be able to fold my body into the somewhat less cramped space of the first 5 rows. I had an aisle seat in the 4th row. As the passengers arrived, I looked in horror as a family or group who had 6 children with them under the age of 4, including the screeching baby in a child seat approached. My entreaties to various Deities went unanswered as they plopped next to me, behind me, and in front of me. The apparent father knew better and sought refuge across the aisle on the window. I realize everyone has the right to fly with their litters. The same folks also have the right to turn a movie theater into a noisy day care center. Don't get me started on the appropriateness of breast feeding in an elegant restaurant. But as we took off into the wild blue yonder, the wailing and screeching began in earnest. And it didn't stop except for a brief interlude about 3 hours into the flight, only to resume for the remainder. The mother, on the window seat, at one point decided to change the baby's diapers, and folded down the tray table, plopped the baby onto it, and did her motherly thing. That's the tray table that food is consumed upon. As I wretched in horror, the flight attendant came down the aisle holding her blue bag for refuse open. Unbelievably, the mother hurled her soggy stinking diaper with her best Kobe Bryant rim shot across my lap and into the bag. The flight attendant only smiled at the mother's expertise, and continued on her quest for less odiferous refuse. I couldn't wait for the plane to land. The various children (they couldn't possibly all be hers; probably a family reunion or wedding or some sort of west coast fertility rite) climbed over the seats, kicked the back of seats in front of them (during the brief moments they were actually seated), and at one moment there were a total of 6 adults and children in our row of 3 seats. Thank the good Lord for Bose noise canceling ear phones! To be clear, I adore well behaved children. Occasional relapses of behavior are normal and expected, but there is a line that is crossed when children are allowed by their parents to terrorize a flight, a restaurant, or movie theater. I wrote to Jet Blue about this flight from Hell, and in response received a credit towards a future flight. (Which you can probably guess by now, I will not be taking.) Jet Blue was a great idea in its conception. But no longer. The surliness, the unwillingness to assist, the cattle car ambiance of their flights, and their passengers-be-damned attitude have compelled me to never fly with them again. I realize most of this is not Jet Blue's fault. I fault the oblivious parents who haven't yet figured out what grandparents are for when the desire to travel overwhelms them. Anyone want my $50 off credit? I will not be using it.