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Meanwhile in China, Parents Let Their Kid Defecate On Airplane Floor

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | August 18, 2015

Meanwhile in China, Parents Let Their Kid Defecate On Airplane Floor

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Here’s a quick refresher on common airplane decorum: Avoid bringing on smelly foods, let the middle seat patron use the armrest and, oh yeah, refrain from having any family members defecate in any place other than the bathroom.

For the purpose of the following news item, we will be concentrating on that last tidbit of airline wisdom.

Shanghaiist, Mirror and South China Morning Post all have the admirable distinction of reporting on a child that took care of business at the back of an airplane.

Shanghaiist’s Katie Nelson states, “Passengers onboard a Shenzhen Airlines flight ZH9709 from Nanjing to Guangzhou on Sunday complained that two parents allowed their child to defecate in the back of the cabin.”

As we all know, the back of the cabin is meant for attendants to mill about and perform tasks that seem like magic to us from our seats.

Passengers also use the area heavily as they wait awkwardly for patrons to vacate the bathroom, leading to uncomfortable small talk by travelers who thought drinking all that coffee was a good idea.

What it is not for, my good friends, is to serve as a baby litter box. But, alas, some parents didn’t get the memo.’s Charles Liu posts a couple of images of the amazing moment when parents decided that cramped bathrooms were cause to pose a figurative middle finger to already exhausted staff.   

Shanghaiist translates an initial report from NetEase News on the incident. According to the report, both bathrooms were vacant but far too small for the parents’ liking.

Nelson quotes the mother who was asked why she decided to allow her child, who doesn’t know any better, to defecate in basically a public walking area.

We imagine the query came as such:

The mother reportedly quipped, “Your bathrooms are too small, the three of us can't get in. It's so spacious out here.”

As various reports note, this is hardly the first time something like this has happened. Heck, a cursory Google search brings a few stories of untoward tourist practices. For example, there was the time a Chinese family allowed a toddler to redecorate one of the airplane’s seats and the moment a parent let their kid defecate in the open at the Taiwan Airport to consider. Thankfully, most of the world doesn’t equate the size of a room with its usefulness as a bathroom.

The Mirror report has possibly the worst aspect of an already awful story: “The family then left a pile of dirty, used tissue papers on the floor, which angered cabin crew even more.”

None of the reports state what, if any, repercussions came from treating the airplane like a large family restroom. What we do know is we have leading candidates for worst travelers of the year.

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