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The parents of a two year old girl were kicked off a plane, because the child had a tantrum. The little girl was crying and refused to get in her seat, but her parents managed to get her seated with the seat belt fastened, but the pilot refused to take off with them on board.
There were no other flights that day, so they were forced to spend $2,000 for a nights accomodation and another flight to get home.
Do you think the flight staff should have shown some consideration, or do you think they did the right thing and made the flight more comfortable for the rest of the people on board?
i think its wrong that they kicked them off the plane....they should have tried to help them calm the girl....even seeing if they could get her a drink or a snack or something...and the fact they got her buckled in yeah....wrong..now if they couldn't get her buckled in that would be a different story....
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Was she still throwing a fit after they got her in the seat? That I could see as a distraction to the pilot at least. But I agree they could have offered a snack or something that might have distracted her. And it depends on how much time they gave to get her calmed down, planes get delayed for HOURS all the time, what is a few more minutes?
I'm interested to see JetBlue's response, and if the pilot comes back with anything to say. I doubt he will, though, because it's usually just better to say nothing at all!
Here's how I see it:
You can have an adult who gets up during take-off to go to the bathroom or get something out of the overhead compartment, and the flight attendants will give him the evil eye and tell him to sit down. They won't restrain him, though, as a general rule unless he is endangering other passengers. They figure, "Well, if he falls over because of turbulence or something, he's the idiot who got up!"
If the child was having to be physically held down (which it implies in the fifth sentence), maybe the pilot was concerned for her safety. If she wiggled out of her parents' grasp while they're going 150+ mph down the runway and taking off, she would be putting herself in danger WITHOUT KNOWING IT. The pilot may have been concerned about injuring the child, parents, or other passengers/flight attendants if it turned into a chase scene during take-off.
If she calmed down, though, or if they could have waited, then I think that's not very nice of them. So really, I'd want more info before I made a judgement call one way or the other!
Oh my! Well, when we were landing in Orlando last year on our Disney trip Kayley who was 4 at the time was screaming and crying and kicking the window....yes, that's right KICKING the window. She was screaming "I want off!" What the problem for her was the severe ear popping she was experiencing from change of altittude. Note to self~~don't let her sit in a window seat again, lol. Needless to say everyone who didn't have any kids with them was staring. There was not a thing I could do. I was even armed with a big bag of starburst candy since she couldn't yet chew gum.
I feel bad for the family that got kicked off....I wonder what happened....you would think there was more to the story. If not, that's just terrible. I totally agree with everyone! We all have kids though so we get it!!
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