A. Pawlowski , NBC News contributor United flight diverted after family complains about movie A violent in-flight movie apparently proved to be too much for a family traveling with kids, setting off a chain of events that led to the pilot diverting the flight and an airline taking a second look at its entertainment offerings. http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/united-fl … -1C9254726 I think the parents had a valid point here. I've never encountered this before but it is something to consider
Did you read the news report? Dropdown overhead screens, scenes of torture and violent serial murders.
The parents asked if the monitor in front of them could be turned off. Flight attendants said no. Parents persisted, asking about turning off the film, which was definitely pretty violent and rated accordingly. Again flight attendants said no.
The pilot chose to divert the plane. The parents didn't ask for that, nor did they want that.
Obviously, we're not getting the full facts here, but one fact stands out: the family was promptly rebooked after being questioned. Normally, if you've disrupted a flight in any way, you get hauled off by the FBI and do not get to continue your trip.
So while the parents may have been whinging, the pilot may have been the one overreacting to people questioning his/her authority.
It doesn't sound like the movie screen was something they could cover and turn off, but one of those big screens above the seats placed periodically throughout the rows. You can't personally turn it off and the only thing you can do to keep your kids from seeing it is to cover their eyes.
Personally I feel like there must be something more to the story. It just doesn't seem logical that all this fuss would happen because of a polite request. Either the family did something or the pilot overreacted.