Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sit down (and don't kick my seat)

Click here for a video introduction to this story.

I can't believe that the parents who were kicked off a plane because their out-of-control 3-year-old was throwing a tantrum and wouldn't sit in her seat are actually ANGRY at the airline.
Talk about entitlement. Have you ever sat on a plane next to an out-of-control toddler or had one kick the back of your seat for hours?
Hey, I'm a mom. I know kids. I would never get angry if it was an infant crying. Little babies don't know any better; all they know is that they are miserable.
But, come on, a 3-year-old should be able to be told she has to sit in her seat or the airplane can't take off.
Do you know the story I'm talking about? A Boston couple was headed home from Fort Myers on AirTran Airways Jan. 14.
The plane sat at the gate for 15 minutes while the parents tried to get little Elly to stop climbing under the seat and pounding on them.
Finally, enough was enough.
"The flight was already delayed 15 minutes and in fairness to the other 112 passengers on the plane, the crew made an operational decision to remove the family," AirTran spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver said.
The parents wanted to hold their daughter but were told no because FAA rules specify children age 2 and older must have their own seat and be strapped in before takeoff.
Even though the airline made the family get off that particular flight, it reimbursed the cost of their tickets AND offered them three roundtrip tickets anywhere the airline flies.
Know that the parents' response was? They said they are never flying AirTran again.
I say now that we know little Elly won't be on board, AirTran is definitely the way to go.


Kelly Boyer Sagert said...

Personally, I would have been so embarrassed if I were the parents involved. I shudder to think.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you about the brat kids. People need to learn how to control their children and not put the buden on everybody else!!!!!

Anonymous said...

A child need to learn guidelines and what is expected of him in society. I agree with the airlines but would never offer tickets as a reward for raising a child who does not understand respect. Makes me wonder if these parents understand that they are actually hurting this child's development.

Anonymous said...

cool vid

Loraine Ritchey said...

I can relate!!! Try the long haul international flight with the "little darlins" whose mummy and daddy think the way to entertain passengers is to subject us to their cute games of tag and lets play hide and seek in the toilets.
I would like to kick more than their seat. Liked the video..... again the Chronicle is ahead of the curve Congrats. Loraine

Anonymous said...

I am a flight attendant, and i am just amazed on how passengers with children let their kids act like there are no other people!

i have seen kids come to the galley jump up and down when the mother simply doesn't care or even know where their kids are! its just amazing..