Humiliated at the Reno Airport

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  1. Janepod

    Janepod <font color=royalblue>The new dinning plan is out.

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    Why not just say, "thanks for your concern. Everything is fine."?

    You can't break down like that in front of your kids, especially over something that is insignificant in the grand scheme of things (no one was hurt, no one got in trouble, no lasting repercussions five minutes later.) You have to set a good example for your children.
     
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  3. Mandychelle79

    Mandychelle79 DIS Veteran

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    No, you did not do anything wrong, except not stand up for yourself.

    I sure hope the agent doesnt think all parents will react like you did because at some point in time she will run into someone with anger management issues who does not appreciate being chastised in front of her children/ about her children.
     
  4. phorsenuf

    phorsenuf Not so New Rule author

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    I think I would like to hear the gate agents side of things. Is it possible the kids were acting up? Rough-housing, wandering around? Maybe she was concerned because the kids were doing something she felt was unsafe. :confused3
     
  5. Disneychix

    Disneychix When you wish upon a star...

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    I'm thinking the crying had more to do with the stress of the situation-having to go inside with 4 kids and the luggage and the poop.

    Maybe next time your DH can take some of the kids with him and not leave you with EVERYTHING in the airport.
     
  6. jodifla

    jodifla WDW lover since 1972

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    Southwest Agent was out of line. I'd be calling the main office.

    And posters suggested CPS be called? On what planet???

    No law or procedure was broken here. An 11 year old is in 5th grade, for heaven's sake.
     
  7. sam_gordon

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    I don't see this as unusual at all. Drop off the luggage, the wife, and the kids, and DH takes the car to parking.
     
  8. Iforgetmypassword

    Iforgetmypassword "I am Mrs. Nesbit!!"

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    That's what I thought, too.
     
  9. luvmy3

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    11 years old is 7th grade here. I couldn't imagine someone wanting to call CPS because a 7th grader was left unattended for 10 minutes :confused3
     
  10. Hrhpd

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    This is the entitlement attitude that the security guard probably encounters all the time and what probably prompted some of the guard's actions.

    It is NOT the security guards job to play babysitter. They are in charge of keeping the airport secure, not watching little children while their parents are in the bathroom. Especially since a PP already said that parents are known to just leave children in the airport to go gambling.

    And this was a gate agent, not a security guard. Definitely not a babysitter.
     
  11. Riles_and_Gabe

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    Really??? You wouldn't leave your 14 year old alone? I have a 14 year old son and see no issue asking him to watch his 3 year old brother when I have to go to the bathroom in the airport. In 4 short years he will be 18 and in college and I want to make sure he is prepared. If you never allow them to learn how to be in a different situation how will they learn when you are not there. I think you are making a mistake by babying your daughter.
     
  12. mjkacmom

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    14? Dd16 has been flying alone since the age of 11. Yes, you can be too overprotective. Not letting kids learn the skills they will need to navigate the rest of their lives in order for mom not be made to feel uncomfortable isn't right.
     
  13. Lionqueen2

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    If the children were so close to the restroom, why wouldn't one of the older girls just tell the agent that their mom was in the restroom or open the door and call to you saying there was a problem.

    It bothers me that your oldest would speak and give out info to anyone just because they were wearing a uniform. It's perfectly acceptable for a child to say that her mom is in the restroom right there and that she is not allowed to give out information to strangers.

    I agree that you had your hands full with 4 children and luggage. Perhaps your husband should have taken the two youngest with him since he was leaving all the luggage with you. Of course, if all 6 of you went to drop off the rental car, it is possible to use a luggage cart to move things around and you would have had your husband with you to help watch the children.
     
  14. TheSchragFamily

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    This is crazy. What if a single mom has a son with her? She can't leave an 11-year-old boy outside the women's room with the suitcases? Totally ridiculous. I'd file a complaint.
     
  15. FayeW

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    Not sure what bothers me more about this thread, that one poster thinks that a call to CPS would be an appropriate course of action, or that another poster thinks a 14 year old is to young to be left unattended. Good grief.
     
  16. ilovemk76

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    I am surprised that you broke down and cried. That is way too much drama for a simple problem. I would have had the two older ones stand outside the restroom with the luggage and take. The 4 year old with me.
     
  17. mommytoe

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    I am known in my neighborhood as being over protective of my children. I put myself in the op's place and I would have done the same thing. At 11 and 10 the older girls should have been fine waiting outside the restroom with the luggage and 4 year old. I mean the mom was on yelling distance if anything happened.
     
  18. Hrhpd

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    That is what I was wondering. If the kids were right outside the restroom, wouldn't it make sense that the oldest would step over and open the door and yell in "Hey Mom, there is a lady here who needs to talk to you." Mom could yell back - "Be right out."

    If the girl is old enough to watch her siblings, she should have the common sense to call Mom if somebody needs her. Because you know the first question from the gate agent was "Where are your parents?" They didn't start with asking for the flight information.

    And what 11 year old knows the flight information? My kids, even as teens, know where we are going, but probably not the exact time nor any kind of flight info.

    I think there is a lot of the story that is missing.
     
  19. luvmy3

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    I think for me, its the fact that someone in this thread used the word "poopy". :rotfl:
     
  20. mjkacmom

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    The OP stated that her dd told the agents that her mom was in the bathroom. I can't imagine a child NOT giving someone of authority the information they asked (maybe just handed over the boarding pass?).

    As someone who has always been dropped off with 5 kids, and 7 pieces of carry-on luggage, several times, and has made it through security with them all every time, without incident, hindsight is 20/20. I'm sure the OP wasn't predicting the accident - if it didn't happen, separating would've been easier than schlepping from the car rental spot to the airport with a bunch of kids and luggage.
     
  21. indimom

    indimom Are We There Yet?

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    Eh, even the tears make sense to me.

    I would have been stressed under the circumstances. I find airports and travel stressful anyway. Add four kids and a pile of luggage to worry about. A nasty dirty diaper that probably required a change of clothes and a near bathing in a public bathroom. Being forced to leave a few of the kids and the pile of luggage in order to deal with that somewhat lengthy cleanup.

    And even knowing that my kids could handle 5-10 minutes sitting outside a bathroom in a public place, I would still have been feeling guilty about leaving them (it's what mom's do best, feel guilty about everything)...

    I would have been more than a little stressed at that point. To then walk out of the bathroom and into a stranger who is essentially telling me I'm a sucky mom would probably have been the straw that broke the camels back. :confused3

    Feel Better, OP. :flower3: You may even laugh about this someday....
     
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