We've seen kids and their families kicked off planes for tantrums and other disruptive behavior in the past, and in some cases, it's understandable. This story in which a family was booted because their daughter had a small scratch on her face, however, is completely outrageous.
It started after a lovely vacation Laura Bishop, 36, and her partner John Maitland, 33, had with their 19-month old daughter Robyn. While getting ready to board their easyJet flight to their home back to Newcastle, England, Robyn fell and scraped her cheek on a radiator. Her parents checked it out, determined she was fine, and boarded the plane, ready to go home and unpack and unwind after all the travel. That's when a flight attendant saw the scrape, got the pilot, and everyone freaked out.
Laura, who is seven months pregnant, told Skynews:
I couldn’t believe it. I started crying and I was pleading with him, saying, "This is ridiculous, we’re only going to Newcastle, it’s about an hour’s flight," but he insisted that he wouldn’t fly us. The pilot said that the eye being a delicate area -- he couldn't tell if it would get worse during the flight.
She said it wasn't her eye, it was the skin beneath it, and honestly pictures don't look that bad at all. Laura said it didn't even really bleed; it was "just a little red mark on her face."
The pilot wouldn't relent though and the family was made to leave the plane. They had to get a medical certificate proving she was safe to fly, and when they went to get it, Laura said the doctor asked if they were joking.
Once kicked off the plane, you would think the airline would at least have helped them get home. Not so, says Laura. Instead they were left to find and pay for a place to stay for the next three days until another flight was available. Unbelievable. You know how it is at the end of a trip. You're exhausted, and you just want to get home. To have the possibility of something like this happening over a small scrape makes flying with my kids more terrifying than ever.
I understand airlines have to set the welfare of all passengers as the highest priority; however, this is just absurd. Maybe they want to give everyone a full physical before allowing them to board? People board planes all the time with coughs, stomach bugs, and lord knows what else. To make this family leave for a scratch seems overzealous to say these least. These parents obviously felt their daughter was fine and should have been trusted to make that decision. And if the airline was truly that worried about the girl's welfare, then it should have done a whole lot more to help the family than just kicking them off and making them fend for themselves.
Do you find this story outrageous?
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