this caught my attention because i have the X DIL from hell. she married my oldest and more passive son. my grandchildren were coming up for Christmas and because of our ice and snow storms, they were not allowed to fly on the designated day. airline policy. my x dil spent 15 minutes screaming at the ticket agent and my son spent hours looking for other options, etc. the kids flew in a few days later.
i don't know the dynamics in this family, but i can see a man so warn down that he'd put aside judgment just to avoid another screaming confrontation with the x.