Airlines Kick Passengers off Plane: Kid Related Incidents
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?
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?