Here’s how not to handle crying children on a plane. Because while crying children who just won’t stop is a perennial challenge for both parents and for other passengers, beating up other peoples’ kids just won’t end well for anybody.
El Al has an innovative solution, though. Clowns.
On daytime flights with clowns, including Westbound to New York during the summer, a clown:
…roams the aisles, telling stories and riddles to children and handing out coloring books, crayons and games. The clown also selects 10 children on each flight to serve as clown assistants and, as a reward for completing a variety of assignments, those children get to visit the captain in the cockpit.
This is apparently not even new. And somehow I didn’t know about it.
Presumably the endeavor continues because fear of clowns must not materially increase crying by kids inflight.
It doesn’t however solve the problem of crying on overnight flights. For that we rely on parents.