We just got back from a two week vacation visiting relatives and friends on the other side of the country. To get there we take 2 planes, and of course 2 planes to get home. Usually the airline we fly (Westjet) does its best to fly families with small children close together. And that held true on 3 of the 4 flights. But on the 4th flight we were the only family flying with a baby. My husband sat on one side with the 2 boys and I was on the aisle of the other with my baby girl in my lap. As the other passengers were boarding I could see the fear in the eyes as they approached. The look that said, "Please, don't let me be sitting next to that baby!"
The first girl who was in the same section of seats was visibly pissed off that she was the chosen one. The second girl (the one next to me) appeared to like kids and started cooing at our little darling. Once the plane was filled, the flight attendant came up to the one in the middle (the one who likes kids) and offered to move her so that I could use the extra seat for baby room. (Good on ya Westjet!). It did piss off the other girl even more. She clearly had the look of, "why couldn't I be moved?" on her face. It got even worse when the gentleman in front of her fully reclined his seat and proceeded to fall asleep.
There are 2 ways of looking at this situation. One, feel badly for the girl who didn't ask to sit next to a baby (who slept most of the flight BTW). Or two, feel badly for the mother flying with the baby who didn't ask to be seated next to someone who clearly doesn't like small children. Babies travel too. And yes they cry on the plane. They don't like being cooped up for hours at a time. They don't understand why they have to stay in Mom's arms for that long. They don't know about flight pressure on their ears. They really don't like announcements waking them up just as they are drifting off to sleep. They would rather be exploring. They would rather play. They'd rather have a smile back at them instead of a scowl. And trust me, when my baby is crying on board, I know how terribly annoying that can be for you. And yes, I'm doing everything I can to get her to settle and be happy!