This great nation's ongoing quest to rearrange itself into more and
more ridiculous configurations has reached a new high: Parents
Against Violent Airline Entertainment is a recently formed bunch of
concerned citizens from Connecticut who want to dictate which
movies are shown on airplanes.
Apparently organization founder Diane Samples' 2-year-old son
was disenchanted after seeing "Lethal Weapon 4" in flight. Now, I
saw the movie in question and I must agree that it did contain many
exploding people and things, but in the absence of a plot, I just
figured Mr. Gibson felt he had to do something.
My questions for Samples are these: Were you aboard the flight
in question? If so, did you spring for your kid's headset or did he
pay for it out of his allowance? When, as a concerned Connecticut
parent, you read the in-flight magazine's entertainment listings,
did you consider keeping your toddler occupied during the film
with, say, a book, or a game of pinochle? Did you even entertain
the time-honored tradition of encouraging your child to annoy the
passenger seated behind him, which would have kept his young eyes
off the screen and made somebody else miserable at the
One last one: Do you seriously think I'm going to sit still
while the skies become littered with endless showings of "Beauty
and the Beast"? Not likely, Ms. Samples. Not bloody likely.