Flying with a toddler suuuuuuuucks. It just does. To those who don’t want to sit next to a 2-year-old on an airplane? I get it. I didn’t want to sit next to my daughter on an airplane when she was 2, either.
But I also didn’t want to drive in a car with her 2,000 miles each way whenever we visited my family, which was often. So flying was the only option. And almost without exception each flight suuuuuuuucked between her second and third birthday. But those are the breaks, I suppose. We were all 2 once, and many of us flew during that time period in our lives.
Fortunately my daughter’s tantrums never grounded a plane. Unfortunately a vacationing Rhode Island family can’t say the same.
A little girl named Natalie did not want to sit in her seat as her family flew back to Boston from Turks and Caicos, according to KTLA. And while her parents managed to get her buckled in, the pilot decided she was not fit to fly. So the family got booted from their Jet Blue flight.
“We were holding them down with all of our might, seat belt on,” Natalie’s mother said. “And I said [to the flight attendant], ‘We have them seated. Can we go now?’ She said the pilot made a decision to turn the plane around.”
Jet Blue, however, spun the same story a little differently: “Flight 850 had customers that did not comply with crew member instructions for a prolonged time period. The Captain elected to remove the customers involved for the safety of all customers and crew members on board.”
However, Natalie’s mom is calling BS: “We did what we were asked to do. We weren’t belligerent, drunk, angry or screaming. We were just having a hard time struggling with our children.”
There were no more flights out that night, so the family had to find a hotel and re-book their flights, with the final tally coming to an additional $2,000.
I find the whole thing kind of stunning.
The “safety of all customers and crew members on board” was in jeopardy because of a toddler’s temper tantrum? Puh-lease. It sounds like the family was dealing with a toddler’s tantrums, but in actuality, the flight crew’s tantrum was a lot worse. Maybe flight crews should take parenting classes in addition to all the other training they have to do. If they are incapable of flying a plane because they seriously think the safety of everyone on board is threatened by a kid in diapers who will probably shut up with a juice box or a lollipop, they have much bigger problems.
Jet Blue: Fail.
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