Family kicked off flight

Have you read or heard this one?

This family had 6 people. They “thought” three of the kids should ride for free because kids under 2 ride for free. The children riding for free had to sit in their parents lap. These parents were going to put either one of the 2 year old twins or the 8 month old in the 3 year old’s lap. The other rule is the one riding for free has to be with a paying adult. So while two of the kids would have been okay, the three year old didn’t pay for a ticket.

It really is too bad that the person who checked them in was asleep at the switch because it could have been avoided that way. BUT….

According to the story, plenty of people offered to help. One lady said she’d hold one of the kids. Another offered to buy a ticket. They just wanted to take off. This flight was delayed over this for an hour.

I don’t know about you but there’s no way I’d travel like this. I’d never expect a 3 year old hold a 2 year old or a baby for an entire flight. Seriously???? Nor would I trouble a stranger nor would I want a stranger holding my child for a flight NOT TO MENTION the safely factor of a child holding a child. I sometimes wonder where people were when the good Lord was handing out brains!

What do you think? Would you travel like this?

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8 Responses to Family kicked off flight

  1. mssc54 says:

    Yet another example of someone feeling that someone owns them something they haven’t earned.

    • Joy says:

      This is something that deeply bothers me. Who would expect this? People all over the blogs are blaming the airline saying things like they had too many kids and such. I blame the people. Who could expect a 3 year old to properly hold someone when they want to be held them self? I would never hand over one of my children for a stranger to hold on a flight. Really?? Where is peoples common sense????

  2. Laura says:

    I read this story last week when it came out, and I’ve gotta say, as much as I am annoyed with the entire airline industry, I think I’m more annoyed with the passengers. Yes, the airlines nickel-and-dime you to death with their ridiculous fees (you know they charge you for baggage, because they fill their holds with parcel, right? They make YOU pay, because that takes up “valuable” space that they could sell to others, to carry their packages), and $7 blankets (or whatever they cost). And yes, the airline dropped the ball on this one – someone should have noticed, before the family boarded the plane, that there was a problem here. Heaven forbid ONE of those ticket-people (issuers, takers) use a little common sense and ask about the lap-sitters.

    BUT… unless your child is an infant, he should not be on your lap. The airline officials make a good point – if there are only enough oxygen masks for four passengers in a row, you cannot manufacture one out of thin air if the plane encounters problems. This idiot woman was yelling about “discrimination” against her family because she had small children. Ok, fine. Fly. And then the cabin loses pressure and you must give your children oxygen. Who doesn’t get it? The 8 year old? One of the twins? Both? How about you or your husband? Do you forgo your oxygen for your kids and maybe leave them orphaned? All because you had the “right” to fly and not be “discriminated against”? What a moron.

    I’m sorry, but this entire story just screams “let’s see if we can score a lawsuit” to me.

    • SKL says:

      Curious as to how likely it is statistically to need the oxygen. I have travelled a fAir amount and never even heard of anyone needing it. I mean, considering that in a serious emergency the whole plane could go down (and nobody says flying is foolish for that reason), it seems we all make calculated risks when we travel.

      Also, when I flew with my babies, they did not allow more than one lap baby per row. Not sure exactly how the family got around that. Put the 3yo in a separate row? Hmm.

  3. Nikki says:

    I blame the parents for planning it this way. They should never have expected a child to hold another child. I also blame the ticket agents, they were negligent in their part also. Like most cases, it comes down to common sense-which a lot of people just don’t have.

  4. SKL says:

    Well, I don’t know what their reasoning was. Maybe they were poor yet had an urgent need to get somewhere as a family. But no, I would hope I would never make that kind of decision. When I brought my kids home, I bought 3 seats – one for my mom, one for me, and one for my kids. I was advised by people who had experience that for a 3 hour flight, even an adult would have a hard time carrying a baby the entire time. However, I could see where 3 tots could take turns sitting 2 to a seat while the others sat on the parents’ lap in a pinch – except for takeoff and landing. I don’t think it would be a big deal to ask someone to hold one tot during those short times, in a pinch.

    Speaking of traveling, my internet access this week is really poor, so you will hear little from me until at least Sunday.

  5. Jim says:

    I’m sure the 3 year old would have fit nicely in the overhead compartment! ;-}

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