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Costly Tantrum

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

Pay Now or Pay Later

Winston Churchill was once asked what they should call the war against the Nazis. His reply was, "The Unnecessary War."  

You see, before the war, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Prem... [Read More]

Reference: Rick Joyner, "Change," The Morning Star Prophetic Bulletin, March 2008, pp. 3-4

Turn Around

A man pulled his car over to ask an old woman on the side of the road how far it was to a certain town.  

The old woman said, "Well, Sonny, if you keep going the way you're headed, it's about twentyfiv... [Read More]

Running Away?

A little boy was riding his tricycle furiously around the block, over and over again. Finally, a policeman stopped him and asked, "What are you doing?"

"I’m running away," the boy said.

Th... [Read More]

All Things Work Together

Youth Pastor Gary Derbyshire of Desert Joy Christian Fellowship in the Phoenix area had planned a big promotion night for the youth camp that was approaching. A band had been brought in for a concert, there was food a... [Read More]

Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

Emergency Landing

It’s remarkable what we can accomplish if we just listen to instructions.

81-year old Robert Kupferschmid was flying with his friend Wesley Sickle from Indianapolis to Muncie when Sickle, the pilot, slumped dead... [Read More]

Reference: Associated Press, “Pilot Dies and Passenger, 81, Lands Cessna,” 6/18/98