Flight from hell: baby stuffed in overhead compartment

The reason you don't hear the announcement "please put all babies in the overheard storage compartment before take-off" is because babies shouldn't be put in overheard storage compartments. Obviously, one flight attendant for Virgin Blue didn't get the memo. After spotting a baby playing peek-a-boo with his dad on board, she thought it'd be a hoot to join in. So she allegedly grabbed the 17-month-old boy and stuck him in the overhead luggage bin and closed the door.

The child's mother didn't think that was funny, like at all. "My husband, Shayne, was standing one metre behind my son, Riley, when the air steward picked him up and placed him in the overhead compartment," shocked mom Natalie Williamson told the Sydney Herald Sun."I stood up and there were people laughing and then I said 'Get my son out of there now.'"

Williamson, who was returning to Australia from Fiji, was offered two free flights as compensation for the airline gaffe. But she feels strongly that having her baby man-handled and trapped in an airless trunk isn't a trade-off free airfare. She says never wants to fly again, and worries her baby suffered trauma from the bizarre experience. Meanwhile, the flight attendant was fired. She should also be barred from any peek-a-boo games for the rest of her life. But it does bring up a larger question: what's too close for comfort when it comes to other people touching your baby? Obviously picking up someone else's child is panic-inducing, but should a relative stranger even be allowed to pat a child's head without first checking with the parents?

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