Mom Stranded Because Airline Won't Let Her Fly Alone With 2 Kids

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Canadian aviation rules that say moms can’t handle more than one child under the age of 2. Shocking, right? And that backward stance has left a mom stranded in Montreal with her kids, facing the impossible choice of leaving one behind.

Here’s the story: A pregnant woman from a remote part of Canada, Annie Kilabuk, decided to travel to Montreal with her toddler in tow to snag some baby bargains for her new arrival. Totally understandable. Unfortunately, she went into labor prematurely and had to deliver her baby. After she recovered from her scary ordeal, she wanted to fly home with her kids ... but she’s not allowed.

Canadian aviation regulations stipulate that no person can be responsible for more than one child under the age of 2 in case there's a need to evacuate. So Annie is going to have to choose between her baby, who has a heart murmur, and her toddler to travel home with and leave the other behind (until she can fly back for the child).

Seriously? I have no doubt that that woman can juggle her two kids, luggage, diaper bags, tickets ... even carry a baggie of Cheerios in her mouth and balance a teething toy on her nose. She’s a mom. We can see anything out of the corners of our eyes. We can detect trouble on sound level alone (quiet = something’s going down). We are magicians that can carry twice our body weight in kids’ stuff before your very eyes without breaking a sweat. Poof! We get it done.

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Newsflash, Canada: Moms give birth to twins, triplets, even sextuplets. Some moms have 19 Kids & Counting, popping out one a year or so. How can an airline possibly ask a mom to choose between children? How can it prevent a mom from flying her kids back home together where they belong? Is this outrageous or what?

How would you feel if you were told you aren’t allowed to be responsible for your two young kids on a flight?


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00NoW... 00NoWay00

I would have my husband or another family member fly to the airport where I was stranded and then fly home with me ...

miche... micheledo

Um, if the concern is an emergency, I'm pretty sure the airlines could ask the entire plane load of people for a volunteer to help the mom with one child. Problem solved.



Is it really that hard for them to figure out??? Besides, I am in a really dangerous position of having to deal with six kids (8 and under) ALL BY MYSELF every day of the week. What if there is a disaster? An emergency?? Don't they think moms and dads have probably dealt with this before? And why is two and under the age limit. Would a three year old be able to fend for herself in an emergency? Canadian airlines probably would have hyperventilated when our family traveled with five kids, ages six and under.

Senia... Seniahmom

So what does say a family of 5 do when two of the children are under 2?

nonmember avatar Just Sayin

What if she's not married? What if she doesn't have any family? What if her family can't afford an additional ticket? For all we know, this woman is an orphan whose husband was recently killed in a car accident.

nonmember avatar ago

Worse comes to Worse she could always buy a new carseat and rent a car. But surely the airlines could figure this out. Something is fishy here.

nonmember avatar Enfelice

Ms. Meltzer
Montreal isn't a capital city of anything. Also blame the territorial government of Nunavut for this, also nice how you left out the part that the baby had a heart condition. Lame, pathetic reporting

nonmember avatar Born-n-Bred

I think there is definitely more to this than is being reported. She is definitely allowed to do so, but most airlines in Canada allow for children under the age of two to travel free. If she was flying with one child, under 2, at no cost, that child is expected to sit in their parent's lap. She was probably hoping to fly both children without having to purchase an extra seat...in which case, I agree with the airline. She is not going to fly with a newborn on one lap and her 2 year old on the other.

nonmember avatar Dee

Being from Canada I would like to comment on this. The rules are that you cannot have two lap children with one adult. Often, when you travel with kids under 2, people chose to forgo paying for a seat and carry the child. She probably could have purchased another seat and the situation would be solved. (If there was room)

nonmember avatar Mon

The law probably says she can't fly with two babies under 2 sitting on her lap. She needs to buy a ticket for a second seat. Most airlines have a 1 lap baby per seat policy, anyway.

nonmember avatar Dee

In the original article - she is from way up north in Nunavut. To drive, as suggested is not realistic as there are no roads that far up - plane is the only way. Montreal tried to get a med vac plane but the government of Nunavut refused. She is staying with family in Montreal.

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