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Hellspawn on a Plane: Passenger Films Toddler Having an Eight Hour Tantrum


From Daily Mail:

A passenger filmed a flight from hell after a 'demonic' youngster screamed for the entirety of his eight hour flight.

New York City artist Shane Townley recorded the unruly toddler as he clambered over the seats and screamed at the top of his voice - before the Lufthansa flight from Germany to New York, on August 26 last year, had even taken off.

The boy's mother, who is not identified but appears to be American, attempted to soothe her son by asking a flight attendant to 'get the WiFi going so we can get the iPad going'. 

The young boy suffers from a disability, which has not been specified, that affects his behavior a source told

When the plane finally arrived in Newark Airport, people looked relieved that the ordeal was over.

'What a nightmare, oh my God - eight hours of screaming' one passenger was heard to comment as she wheeled her suitcase down the ramp.

Townley uploaded the footage on YouTube with the title: 'Demonic child screams and runs through an 8 hour flight'.

He wrote: 'Watch as this kid runs and screams throughout the entire flight while the mother does little to nothing to stop him.

'3 years old on a 8 hour flight from Germany to Newark NJ. He never quits!'

He told the that he had not filed a complaint with the airline 'but I’m certain someone did as the entire plane was affected the whole time.' 

He explained that staff had 'tried to intervene but the mother said he just needs his internet.'

'Well internet doesn’t work until the flight is in the air. Once he got started he didn’t stop for 8 hours,' he added. 

A Lufthansa spokesman told that most passengers 'were quite understanding of the situation at hand'

'Our crew worked around-the-clock to de-escalate the situation, tend to all passengers and assist the mother.'

They added that they were unable to comment further because of the 'individual’s medical privacy.'

The video has attracted dozens of comments from appalled viewers who suggested that the boy and his parents should have been removed from the flight when they proved unable to control their child.

'If this started before the plane took off, the plane should have taxied back to the terminal and kicked the kid and his parents off. This kind of behaviour is just unacceptable,' one commenter wrote.

'Call an exorcist,' another added.

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It should be against the law for people to be this big an asshole. Control your crotch dropping. It's not my fault you spawned, it shouldn't be my problem. "The young boy suffers from a disability". Yes, and that disability is 'parents who are shitheads'.

I don't care if it's autistic. That's turned into 'an excuse to be an asshole'. IF you KNOW the fucking little bastard can't be without something, then don't deliberately take it somewhere it's electronic babysitter can't be. Especially in a fucking airplane where people can't get away from it.

(Sigh... I have not had a good week... and have had far too many already unpleasant plane rides 'enhanced' by someone's screaming mistake.)

I know it better

One's got to be tolerant, but only to a certain degree and this is way beyond that. Assuming the parents were aware of their kids sitation, should have consulted a doctor about what to give to the child to keep them relaxed during a flight. If they did not, that is just negligence, and in fact, super rude against everyone else on the plane. I kinda agree, they should have been removed from the flight for the expected comfort of the other dozens-hundreds or paying customers.


TT & I, these noisy little brats give the well-behaved children who travel on a plane a bad name! There is another story of a well mannered 8 month old and his teen mom who traveled on another flight. This female passenger bitched about being seated next to them even though the baby was quiet throughout the flight. Once my family and I went to see "Independence Day" and we groaned inward when we saw a family with a baby sitting behind us. The baby slept through the entire movie and we were glad! How he or she was able to sleep during such a loud movie is beyond me! As for this kid, his doctor should give the parents meds or other things that would calm him down because flying can be stressful!

Misty Meanor

I don't get how the little hellspawn's mother could just ignore him for the whole eight hours!


I'm glad I wasn't on that plane. After the first hour I would have grabbed that hellspawn by the throat and snuffed him! I really don't want to spend the rest of my life in prison...

Tech Support Survivor

Ye gads. I understand babies crying on flights. I also understand toddlers getting bored and antsy. But screaming and running on a flight for hours? Nope!

I sat beside a lady who had an infant with her, the baby cried off and on. I didn't blame her, she looked frazzled and tried everything she could to soothe the child. Bottle, pacifier, rocking the baby, etc. The baby settled down, and I just smiled at them.


Misty; I have a theory that children give off some sort of gas that makes people related to them oblivious to how annoying they are. It's an evolutionary adaptation to keep the shit-filled air raid sirens from being drowned in the nearest toilet. Kind of like Team Fortress 2's Pyrovision...

Kai Lowell

That hellspawn is lucky someone like, say, me was not on that plane. Someone who literally cannot handle prolonged screaming and is likely to go into an anxiety related meltdown requiring medical attention.


Kai, that Little beast was lucky no one who projectile vomits from a migraine wasn't on the plane! His mom would have to clean him up and the whole plane would have been awash in puke from other passengers!


We flew cross country last year and there was an autistic child and his family on the same plane. While waiting to board he started to have a mini-meltdown, and that is when his mom gave him his "travel medicine". All legit, of course (she showed me the Rx), but it made him sleepy, so he dozed the entire flight. She was taking responsibility. She had his favorite sensory toys, favorite snacks, etc, so she was prepared. If I had to travel with the screamer, I'm afraid I would have been screaming, too, but right in his face. I do know a couple of autistic kids, and they are all cool. But that stems from parents who continually strive to learn how to deal with it and help the kiddo learn how to deal as well.

Kai Lowell

There is that too BH - and as one prone to migraines myself I think I would take great pride in hosing down the hellspawn's momster.


SG, this mother could have learned a good lesson from this responsible mother on how to keep her son calm! Kai, I don't have migraines, but once I had a headache so bad it made me vomit. Since then, I haven't had a headache that bad. I feel bad for people who have to deal with those kind of headaches on a day to day basis. I think if you hosed down the mom and the kid, she would have been stunned you went all Regan McNeill aka the possessed girl from "The Exorcist" on her.

Kai Lowell

I thankfully haven't had a migraine that bad for years - they were mostly hormonal - but that's an experience I'm never going to forget. Not pleasant.

And now you've got me imagining frazzled me hosing the lady down and then having an utter meltdown. And I think I need a lie-down and some tea. :P


Sorry about that, Kai. I do hope these poor passengers don't have PTSD from this kid! I am glad you're doing better with the headaches.

Kai Lowell

Ah, no worries BH, the mental image is as funny as it is nervewracking. :D

I'm glad too, especially as I'm one of the unlucky few who only had their migraines get WORSE when the inevitable horking occurred!


*raises hand* Anxiety Disorder AND projectile vomiting migraine. Oh, and I hate flying. It would have been unbearable for me, I feel panic welling up just reading the story, I haven't watched the video.

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