Rhode Island family kicked off flight after 2-year-old throws tantrum

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    She's certainly being very understanding.

  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    This family was just interviewed on the Today show - and the kids were obnoxious during the entire interview.
  4. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    what are they going to be like when they're teens and twenties?
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    sheesh, couldn't they have let them ride in the cargo hold with the other small animals?
  6. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    The online poll at Today show, 70% agree with the airline's decision. When asked what the family learned from this experience, the mom's reply was
    "well, not to fly anymore I guess."

    Apparently one of the parents is a pediatrician too.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Kids will be kids. Unless a brat is kicking the back of my seat, I just stifle myself.
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm mixed on this one.

    If the kid was screaming (not reported as far as I know) that would have made for a miserable flight for all. If the kid was just struggling and the parent had the child contained then I don't see the problem and the kid would have probably quieted down once the plane started moving.

    I know it is a judgement call by the crew based on their observations made at that moment. They could have caught grief either way, grief from the other passengers or grief from this family.
  9. I'm a little shocked that they had to pay to reschedule their flight. Is there really that little sympathy from the travel industry for what it's like to travel with a toddler? Kicking them off the flight is pretty harsh, but I'm of the opinion that a toddler melting down should be treated like a sudden storm and the family given a break, at least in terms of the rebooking. I'm sure these parents did everything they could, and it isn't a reflection on their parenting that a two-year-old lost her cool in a strange, uncomfortable situation. It's just what they do. It's what we all did at that age.

    I have a two-year-old screamer, so I sympathize. It has been mortifying whenever either of my kids started to lose it on a flight. I've had pretty good luck subduing the outbursts, and nobody has every been a jerk about it, but then, my kids have the good sense to wait until the plane is off the ground to act up.
  10. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    This is what the airline industry has turned in to now.
  11. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'm a little mixed on this one too....

    I hate screaming kids - especially when they're anywhere near me - but - I'm sure the kids are in distress, and the parents are distressed too because they can't calm their kids down. So even if they kicked the family off the plane, imo they should have rescheduled them on a different flight at no additional cost to the family.

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