Airline Sued Over Screaming Child

Jean Barnard, a 67-year old American woman,  claims that  a 3-year old boy screamed in her ear on Qantas flight and made her partially deaf.  Barnard sued Qantas and the case was recently settled out of court.   Her stance was that the crew did not take the necessary precautions to prevent her injury.
"I guess we are simply fortunate that my eardrum was exploding and I was swallowing blood. Had it not been for that, I would have dragged that kid out of his mother's arms and stomped him to death. Then we would have an 'international incident'," Ms Barnard allegedly wrote.

Does this mean more lawsuits are on the way for unruly or crying children on flights? The problem I see is that children are unpredictable at best.  Even the most perfect child has their off day.

I once read a suggestion that people should be given the option of flying on child friendly flights or adult only flights.  I assume they would charge more for adult only flights. This seems like a good idea to me.

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