Well, it's happened again. This time it was Alaska Airlines who decided to boot off a family from a flight because their toddler wasn't behaving like an angel.
According to Fox News, the Yanchak family was flying out of Seattle last Saturday for a little vacation when their 3-year-old son started acting up and wouldn't wear his seat belt. That, admittedly, could be problematic; however, instead of addressing the problem in any sensible manner or providing any compassion and understanding, the pilot turned that plane around and sent the family packing.
Mark Yanchak, the boy's father, told MyNorthwest.com:
He was crying, being cranky. I started putting him in his seat. I put his seat belt on. But he was being cranky, trying to be close to me, so he wasn't fully fastened yet.
Eventually, the parents calmed him down, but the plane had already headed back to the gate to kick them off.
It's unbelievable to me that THAT is the only solution they could come up with. There's a plane full of adults, and yet a 3-year-old is going to change the flight status?
I'm so sick of these stories. Not because I think it's okay for kids to be out of control on airplanes or in any public places for that matter. Bratty children irritate the hell out of me (especially when they're my own) just as much as the next person, but guess what -- kids are sometimes bratty, and if we're not going to out and out ban children from flying altogether, then we need to find some better solutions than kicking families off of planes.
Kids are unpredictable; they sometimes refuse to wear their seat belts; and yes, sometimes they throw tantrums at the most inopportune times. But they're kids. If you say your kids would NEVER do something like that, good for you ... and I hope they do sometime.
It's not like the boy was up in the cockpit or directly interfering with the flight. I'm sure if they'd been a little less knee-jerk about the whole thing, a bag of pretzels or some pilot's wings could have bribed him to shut up and sit down. And the parents DID get him to eventually settle down and put it on, but it was too late. The small tantrum of a toddler had already diverted an entire plane full of people, which is scary.
I mean if our pilots and flight attendants can't handle a 3-year-old, how on earth can we expect them to deal with a terrorist on board.
Do you think families with bratty children should be kicked off of flights?
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