Here we go again, with another family crying foul because they were removed from a flight because their kid could not behave. A 3-year old boy was fussy and wouldn't sit still on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. The toddler was in his seat belt but continued to try to get out of it. His father admits that he was crying and cranky. At one point he was lying across the seat with the belt near his neck. The child was seated in back with his father and his mother was seated up front with a sibling. Flight attendants tried to help by moving the boy's mother.
According to reports, the flight attendants spoke to the parents three or four times before the pilot returned the plane to the gate and asked the family to leave the plane. The parents tried to argue that the boy was calm and seated. The airline crew was concerned the boy didn't want to sit down and keep his seat belt on. The pilot said that he would perfer to deal with the issue on the ground as opposed to midflight. The family was offered the option of taking another flight, but they declined.
Earlier this year, there was another incident where a 2-year old child was throwing a tantrum and would not sit still and the family was kicked off a JetBlue flight. The parents went on the Today Show to vent their frustations about the incident. The Today Show did a poll and 70% of the respondents agreed with the airline. If you watch the entire video, you will see that the parents can't figure out how the keep the kids seated even on TV.
Why do people with kids think that they can inconvenience others without consequences? I was on an 8 hour flight from Italy with not one but two crying infants that cried for the entire flight, with the exception of the last 30 minutes. I wish that those two families could have been removed from the flight. People were literally standing in the aisles holding their heads and ears! While I felt sorry for the parents, there were hundreds of others being tortured on that flight.
When your children are in public and they are misbehaving and annoying others, you need to make your kid behave or leave. People pay a lot of money to fly for business and pleasure and your kid misbehaving is an unwanted nuisance! While families pay for flights as well, children must behave and abide by the rules. What if a kid took off his seatbelt and jumped out of his seat during takeoff? Crew members would have to risk their own safety to get him back in his seat. It's a safety issue people! While you are trying to get your child to sit down and behave, others are at risk of missing connecting flights, meetings and various other important appointments. How long do these parents think that they can delay a flight while they try to get their kid to behave?
Parents, if you are planning to travel with your toddler or young child and this is their first flight, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will give you some great tips to have a wonderful flight with your child. Each of my children have been travelling since they were 6 months old. My husband and I receive compliments every time we fly with our children. People always say what well behaved children we have. I must caution. If your toddler or young child is out of control at home, my methods won't work and you should just drive on your vacation.