Not Snakes on a Plane
I am well aware that some people are bad parents and don’t actively parent their child.
I am also well aware that some dagger-eyed people complaining about crying babies aren’t parents and don’t know the difference between a parent who has tried everything, and a parent who isn’t doing anything.
I will not attempt to profile either of those two groups vis-a-vis their representation in the general public.
Those things said, I’m inclined to say to the free marketeer: you’re claiming that the parents don’t bear the full burden of crying, and we need to “fix” that by increasing their burden. I think you’re misunderstanding the burden of traveling with a crying baby. In any event, airlines sell tickets to people with babies. You’re a free-marketeer. If you don’t like being on planes with crying babies, either charter a plane, or encourage your air travel provider to offer no-baby flights by refusing to travel on flights with babies on ’em. The parent isn’t offering you a child-free or child-full flight.
The airlines are. They’re the actual service provider. Put the power of the market to work for you and complain to your service provider.
Tip of the blogging hat to Blue Milk.