Did you hear about the poor couple that kicked got off the plane with their little girl?
They were flying home from Fort Myers, Florida, to Boston on Jan. 14, 2007, after visiting grandparents. But their three-year-old daughter wasn't cooperating. As the passengers boarded the plane and got settled in, she picked this inopportune time to throw a tantrum.
She sat on the floor in front of her parents' seat crying. She wouldn't get in the seat her parents purchased for her—and FAA rules say children two and older must have their own seat and be wearing a seatbelt before takeoff. An airline spokesperson said, "she was climbing under the seat and hitting the parents and wouldn't get in her seat." Attendants told the parents they had to get the girl in control and in her seat. The mom asked if she could hold the girl on her lap, and was told no. Finally, they removed the family from the plane! It seems pretty heartless (and the parents were upset about it), but AirTran Airways explained: "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." (They reimbursed the cost of the tickets, and offered three roundtrip tickets anywhere the airline flies, but the father said they'd never fly AirTran again.)
Reference: Associated Press, Jim Ellis, "Girl Kicked Off Plane After Tantrum," 1/23/07
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