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Airlines Kick Passengers off Plane: Kid Related Incidents

Updated on March 28, 2012
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Billy Haynes is a Content Writer & CEO of HD Writing Co. He has an interest in many things, and experience writing about even more.

Since 9/11 airlines policies have gotten tighter, it can be a challenge sometimes just to get through security. Then once your through security and board the plane, you have more policies to comply with. If this article struck your interest then I'm sure you've heard about the Alec Baldwin incident for example. However, sometimes the policy allows wiggle room for the crew and pilot to make dissensions to remove passengers from the plane as they see fit. The following are some child-related incidents you may or may not have heard of.

Toddler Temper Tantrum on JetBlue:

JetBlue recently kicked a family of four on their return flight from a vacation after their 2 year old threw a temper tantrum. Apparently while circling the runway Colette Vieau's 2 year old daughter Natalie "became public enemy #1" when she began to throw a temper tantrum. Natalie, not wanting to stay in her seat and buckled up. So due to this, the family was booted off their JetBlue flight, when they could not find another flight they had to spend $2,000 for an extra night's stay.

Unlike the toddler on Southwest Airlines below, I understand the reasons behind this one being because they could not keep the child sitting down and buckled up.

Kicked off US Airways flight for having too many kids:

The Fickes family claims they were singled out and discriminated against for having too many kids, which is the reason US Airways removed them from the flight. The family consisted of the mom, dad, 3 year old, 20 month old twins and 8 month old. The family made it through boarding agents and security to board the plane, without any mention of there not being enough adults to children ratio with only 3 tickets.

After boarding the mom, dad and 3 year old took their seats, which if you are over 2 years old you get our own seat. However, that still leaves 3 children under 2 years of age and policy states only one child in the lap per adult. The family attempted to seat the 8 month old on the lap of the 3 year old.

Crew members suggested them move seats (not sure how that would change the issue), or have somebody else hold one of the children (yeah even if you could find a volunteer, let a stranger hold the baby). A passenger in first class even offered to purchase an extra seat for one of the children before the family was removed from the flight after a 40 minute delay. Beats me why the family did not take the offer for an extra seat of they were going to allow it.

Do you think the toddler would have calmed down after take off?

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Excited Toddler on Southwest Airlines:

In 2009 Southwest Airlines kicked a mother and her two year old son off after he was reportedly screaming "Go Plane Go!" and "I want Daddy!" Southwest decided to turn around and go back to the gate before takeoff to let the mother and her son off the plane, however she was sure he would have calmed down after takeoff.

Sounds to me like he was just excited for the plane to go so he could see his daddy

Virgin Blue offers additional seating

By additional seating, I mean the overhead compartment as that is where one flight attendant decided to put a 17 month old baby boy. Apparently the little boy and his dad were playing Peek-A-Boo and the flight attendant seen this and thought it would be funny to hide the baby in the overhead compartment. She allegedly picked him up and stuck him in the overhead luggage compartment and closed the door. I guess the idea was to open the door and say Peek-A-Boo?

As you may have guessed, the mother did not find this very amusing as she stood up and told her to get her son out of there as others just laughed at the situation. Virgin Blue offered the family two free flights as compensation for the incident, however the mother stated she may never fly again because of it, and "worries her baby suffered trauma from the bizarre experience". The flight attendant was fired.

Questions for Readers

  • Do you agree with these incidents, why or why not?
  • Have you or someone you know encountered issues while traveling, if so how?


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      Billy Haynes 5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Interesting, I will have to look into OneWorld and Star Alliance as I've not heard of them, but then again I've only flown a few times. You also mention many destinations I've not heard of before so I will have to look into them more as well, I like learning about new places when I can (even if I can't travel there myself). :)

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I normally don't get too many issues as I won't fly on the discount airlines. I travel a bit for work and leisure, so I make sure that I am on airlines that are either part of OneWorld or Star Alliance.

      The most interesting flight recently was Adelaide to KL, there was some very severe thunderstorms around the airport so we got pushed to Jophur (near Singapore)for a quick refuel before heading back to KL. Made the trip a bit more interesting.

      My jinx city is Auckland...I seem to be delayed or late into this airport every time...once I lost my sightseeing day around the city due to an 8 hour delay getting out of Raro!

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      Billy Haynes 5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Great comment, ramble on I enjoy reading comments and stories like that from readers. :). I've only flown a handful of times, usually from Memphis, TN to Houston,TX and once had a Houston layover to Dallas. Every time I flew out it was a horror story, but not child-related!

      My first time ever flying was a few years ago so it was the first time I booked a flight with Priceline. I was "supposed" to fly out of Little Rock, AR, I traveled 3 hours to get there and the flight was full, Priceline booked the flight just not a seat! I had a crash course on my first go around.

      The airline apologized (there was also another guy with the same issue). They did not have another flight open to Houston that day in Little Rock so they paid the charter bus fee to have us taken to the Memphis airport where they had a later flight available. I also got free food vouchers good for the day and $300 off my next flight so I wasn't complaining. Although, the next time I just went to Memphis (it's only an hour or so away)...and I now know to make sure I have an assigned seat, haha.

      My second time, I was getting food for the flight and when I got back it was gone 20 minutes early, my ride was gone, but got lucky there was another seat open on a later flight so I just had a 2 hour wait. I sat there and didn't move for 2 hours.

      Now, the return flights I haven't had a problem with so far, and haven't had any issues with the passengers. Although the guy I sat next to from Houston to Dallas had some educational flight talk... Thanks for the comment.

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Billy, enjoyed reading your hub as always. I have travelled the world with my children, from when they are about 3 months old, my 10 year old son has been to Europe 4 times, USA twice & right across Asia & the Pacific. The girls (8 & 4) aren't that far behind.

      There are a couple of advantages to travelling with children - 1. They keep you busy on the flight, 2. From an airlines perspective they are building clientele for the future. Airlines need to take the longer view to impress children so that they build brand allegience in the future. For example I like to fly Air New Zealand because they help with the kids, have a fold out area on the seats so that it converts to a bed (great for the kids to get to sleep) & they are generally friendly.

      My kids are generally well behaved on flights, they settle into their seat, turn on the TV, watch movie after movie and then go to sleep after bothering the hostie for food!

      But, I do have a horror story, my then 18 month old (is 4 now) wasn't having a good flight sitting on my lap from LAX to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, so decided to scream right through the descent! She only stopped once she saw the pristine beach of the island and then said she wanted to go swimming NOW! As we got off the plane the pilot said, 'so you were the one we could hear in the cockpit!' While it was embarressing, she was just tired on the second last leg of an around the world trip & she hasn't been an issue since.

      Sorry about my ramblings! Cheers Michael

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      Billy Haynes 5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Haha, I can see where you are coming from as they can sometimes get annoying. Specially if the parents are the type who do not get on to their children and let them run wild. However if they were to put a ban on "10 years and older) boarding planes it would not only lower the profits airlines make, but also limit parents even further on taking trips.

      I did think it odd that the US Airways crew even suggested the family let "somebody else" hold one of the younger kids during the flight. Not only do they not know the people, no body would volunteer for that position...

      :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Larry Horton 5 years ago from Greenwood, Arkansas

      I am a firm believer that children under the age of 10 should not be allowed on any aircraft. I hate kids on airplanes and think there should be a worldwide ban on the screaming little snot bags.