Parents with Crying Kids Kicked off Planes – Is This a New Trend?
We’ve all been there – as mothers, it is challenging to keep kids calm, cool, and collected – and it seems those are the times when we need them to be grown up that they, well, act like kids. But that is what children, do. They cry and throw tantrums, but they soon calm down and life goes on. I doubt there is a person on this earth that isn’t aware of that fact. So, why is it that some airlines are kicking off passengers because their children are crying?
Absurd? Yes, I think so. Check out these stories:
US Airways kicked off a mother and her two young sons because the crying was “delaying takeoff.” Not sure why crying kids would hold up a pilot, but even still, when you look at the story, you realize it was the AIRLINES' fault for upsetting the children. The mother pre-boarded and had her children set, and it wasn’t until 30 minutes after general boarding started that the flight attendant told the mother they had to move seats. The children, confused on the sudden change, began getting scared and started crying. US Airlines flight attendants then booted the family off the plane.
JetBlue also kicked off a family after separating a father from his autistic daughter and her mother. The family had requested to sit together, and I assume that this was to help calm the child or help her deal with the transition. Children with autism or other developmental delays can sometimes have anxiety disorders, along with other challenges. In this case, the young girl was unable to speak and knew little sign language. Being separated from her father caused her distress, which in turn made her cry. The pilot of that flight said the girl was “a potential danger to other passengers” and then threw her off the plane.
What I don’t understand is why the airlines find crying children such a burden that they are unable to have them on a plane? Kids cry everywhere – and I’ve been on plenty of planes with crying kids. Those take-offs and landings can be a bit scary – but so what? Does it really hinder a pilot’s job if a child is crying? Are airlines bullying parents and their kids? What do you think?