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Mother travelling with her eight-month-old son claims a flight attendant berated her repeatedly 

An angry mother has claimed a flight attended yelled at her repeatedly because her eight-month-old son cried for five minutes during a long-haul flight.

Krupa Patel Bala, her husband and their son were travelling business class to San Francisco from Sydney on United Airlines when the alleged incident occurred. 

The distraught mother claimed a flight attended yelled at her husband that it was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ for their baby to cry, news.com.au reported. 

While spending a long journey alongside a screaming baby is a nightmarish thought for most – many would agree five minutes of crying is a relatively small annoyance.

Krupa Patel Bala (pictured), her husband and their son were travelling business class to San Francisco from Sydney on United Airlines when the alleged incident occurred

The distraught mother claimed a flight attended yelled at her husband that it was 'absolutely unacceptable' for their baby to cry (stock image)

The distraught mother claimed a flight attended yelled at her husband that it was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ for their baby to cry (stock image)

‘Babies are not allowed to cry for more than five minutes,’ the chief flight attendant allegedly yelled at the parents, adding it was ‘part of the rule book’.

At one point, she claimed the attendant called her to economy class to school her on how she could have avoided the crying by changing the baby’s bottle and nap time.

Ms Bala managed to share live updates to Facebook as the tense situation unfolded using the business class WiFi, sarcastically stating: ‘Now, I don’t really know what’s wrong with my baby, but he tends to cry from time to time’.

‘I hear that’s common with newborns but this is my only child, so I could be mistaken,’ she added.

She said the situation ‘really stressed out’ the rest of crew, who later told her the crying had not worried them at all and they barely even noticed it. 

'Babies are not allowed to cry for more than five minutes,' the chief flight attendant allegedly yelled at the parents, adding it was 'part of the rule book'

‘Babies are not allowed to cry for more than five minutes,’ the chief flight attendant allegedly yelled at the parents, adding it was ‘part of the rule book’

As they were leaving, she said the captain apologised for the attendant’s behaviour, and when they arrived at the airport they were greeted by United Airlines staff.

The company offered the family a refund and removed the crew member from service while it investigated the incident.

‘Young families are welcome on our flights, including in business class. We are continuing to review the incident internally and the flight attendant is being held out of service pending the investigation,’ the airline said in a statement.

Ms Bala issued a public announcement via Facebook, stating ‘parents of newborns have it hard enough already travelling with a baby and we certainly don’t need CREW MANAGERS piling on when we are doing our best to ensure we’re containing our children and their cries’.

She thanked United for their cooperation but was still waiting on an apology from the crew member in question. 

 Ms Bala (right) issued a public announcement via Facebook, stating 'parents of newborns have it hard enough already travelling with a baby

 Ms Bala (right) issued a public announcement via Facebook, stating ‘parents of newborns have it hard enough already travelling with a baby

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