The difference? Roger Stephens did it.
Stephens approached the crying baby’s mother and said “If you don’t shut the baby up, I will shut her up for you.” Then a few minutes later when the crying baby and the mother were in another aisle, Stephens walked up and slapped the kid.
All those memories are flooding back of a crying baby next to me on a plane and praying for the child to stop before I hit it. Next time I’m just going to hope the guy sitting next to me is Roger Stephens.