Air Force General Intervenes When a Young Boy Throws a Tantrum on a Plane

Airplanes and airports are awful places for young children. First of all, they’re noisy and super-sensitive kids like one of my children were tend to get “stirred up” when they’re in an airport. But there are also a ton of distractions that continuously pull kids around in all directions. Then, once the kiddos finally get settled onto the plane, it’s exciting for exactly 30 seconds before they realize that they may be in for a pretty boring flight if they don’t have something to entertain them. Wise parents are prepared with a book or a downloaded movie on an iPad to keep their little ones entertained. Even with that, however, some kids are just going to be bratty regardless. Sitting still is hard in such confined spaces, and as parents, we’re paranoid about whether or not everyone else is aggravated by our kids. Luckily for the mom in the joke below, she got some much-needed help from a retired Air Force General. He knew just what to say. Enjoy this hilarious joke!

As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in the uniform of an Air Force General is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle.

Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken General leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy’s ear.

Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother’s hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt. All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause.

As the General slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve.

“Excuse me, General,” she asks quietly, “but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?”

The old man smiles serenely and gently confides, “I showed him my pilot’s wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose.”

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