When the Original Poster (OP), a 19-year-old young man, boarded a flight to visit his parents, he didn’t expect an in-flight viewing of Deadpool 2 to incite a conflict with a fellow passenger. He becomes the target of an angry mother when her son, inadvertently sneaking peeks at OP’s screen, is startled by a gruesome scene from the film. Amid the escalating tension, severe turbulence shakes the entire flight, leaving everyone on edge.
OP, a 19-year-old man, boarded a flight to visit his parents across the country. He downloaded several movies on his phone beforehand to keep himself occupied during the long trip. Once the plane was at cruising altitude, he propped his phone up on the tray table.
Seated comfortably, OP started watching Deadpool 2, using Bluetooth earbuds to avoid disturbing other passengers. Unbeknownst to him, the film, notable for its mature and graphic content, would later become the source of a conflict.
As he got absorbed into the movie, the graphic scene where the character Deadpool gets ripped in half played on the screen. Entirely focused on the film, OP was oblivious to his surroundings.
As the intense scene unfolded, a muffled scream was heard from behind OP. Taking off his headphones, OP realized a young child, no older than six, had been watching his screen from a peculiar position and was now in tears. The graphic content had startled the young viewer.
Upon seeing her child crying, the boy’s mother turned her anger toward OP. She loudly berated him for watching such explicit content in a public space, particularly in the vicinity of children. OP was taken aback, as he was unaware of his unwelcome spectator.
In his defense, OP explained that he had no idea the kid was watching. He pointed out that the child had forced himself into an uncomfortable position just to view his screen. However, the angry mother remained unfazed by his argument.
Suddenly, the plane hit a patch of heavy turbulence, causing the aircraft to shake violently. Unsecured luggage spilled into the aisles, and the seatbelt signs illuminated ominously. The passengers began to panic as the in-flight team scrambled to ensure everyone’s safety.
Fear Takes Over
The young boy, already shaken from the movie scene, was petrified. His mother, too, was visibly scared as the plane jerked abruptly to one side throwing people in the aisle off-balance and into the seated passengers.
In Air Emergency
The mother gripped her son tight as he screamed. The turbulence continued for longer than even OP was comfortable with. The tension in the air was palpable as the captain’s voice came over the loudspeaker, instructing people to return to their seats and buckle up.
Composure Amid Chaos
OP, however, remained calm, partially due to the anti-anxiety medication that he was currently taking. He knew that turbulence, though frightening, was typically not dangerous. He took a deep breath, held onto his seat, and hoped for the situation to stabilize.
Noting the young boy’s distress, OP pulled up his favorite childhood movie, Shrek, on his phone and started to play it where the boy could watch. The boy quickly stilled and stopped screaming, entranced by the opening scene and happy-go-lucky soundtrack.
As the turbulence settled, so did the mother’s nerves. Her boy was all smiles next to her, watching a movie he had never seen before. She relaxed into her seat, grateful for OP’s distraction.
Who’s To Blame?
Later, OP shared the incident with his family and friends, seeking others’ opinions on whether he was wrong. He was genuinely confused if he had acted irresponsibly or if the mother was to blame. He thought he was watching the movie in private, after all.
The online community was generally supportive of OP. They agreed that while he had a right to watch whatever he wanted, it would have been better if he had been more considerate. However, they largely agreed that the mother bore most of the responsibility for not monitoring her child’s actions.
Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posted the story online for feedback and perspective. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “She should’ve watched her own kid. She was happy he was occupied until it backfired, and she decided to shift the blame.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “The airlines have R-rated movies in their entertainment wi-fi setup, so they must expect folks to watch them. Even so, that poor kid!”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “The mom is in a public setting. It’s her responsibility to watch her child. It’s troubling that she didn’t notice her kid was watching your movie.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “On another flight, my son (who was about eight at the time) was sitting in the row behind me with his grandmother. When I turned around and asked him what he was watching, he told me it was Game of Thrones. Thanks, Nana, for keeping an eye out.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.