An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight has surrendered to federal authorities.
Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, turned himself in to federal officials in Idaho on Tuesday morning, the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta said.
Hundley was recently charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. According to court documents, Hundley, during a flight to Atlanta, allegedly told the baby's mother to "shut that (N-word) baby up."
He then turned around and slapped the child in the face with an open hand, according to the documents.
First, it is irresponsible for a parent to take a baby under 15 months aboard an airliner. The crying that one hears is most often associated with the pain caused by varying pressures as aircraft climbs and descends due to the difficulty infants have in equalizing. The trauma caused to the ear often leads to ear infections and other complications. Further, in any event, passengers should not be subjected to hours of screaming (which I have witnessed) interfering with their enjoyment of the flight. Finally, the airlines could provide a sound minimizing enclosure at the rear of the plane so that three of four passengers with loud children could be isolated.
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