by Erin, Chief Mom
Could it happen to you?
A few months ago, our kids overheard us talking about Alec Baldwin getting kicked off an American Airlines flight. They were aghast. So we explained at a high level how this might come to be for a passenger. And then one of the kids asked: did they give him a parachute?
Ah yes, a small detail that needed a bit of clarification. But later, when I heard that JetBlue ejected a 30-pound, two-year-old girl from a flight for having a tantrum (no parachute needed, they were still at the gate), I felt that I needed a bit of clarification. A part of me says “amen to that… I mean, can’t these people control their children?”
But then I remember… Oh yes, I have found myself with a screaming toddler, lying in the aisle of the plane refusing to budge (the toddler, not me, but one of these days it might reverse). Couldn’t move her, due to tantrum noodle body syndrome as well as to the fact that I was also toting a backpack, carry on bag, a 30-pound Britax carseat, and a four year old.
To the chagrin of the passengers around me who would have definitely preferred that we were given a parachute, I eventually got Miss Tantrum into her seat. (And if you’ve ever tried to strap a noodle into a 5-point harness, you know what an accomplishment that was.)
Having been there myself, I’m curious as to how, exactly, the two-year-old on the JetBlue flight endangered the crew and passengers. Endangered their ears? Or their easily annoyed sensibilities? Secretly, this is something I would like to have seen. I mean really, how bad was it to warrant getting booted from the aircraft?
Does she know Alec Baldwin? Would the air marshal have had to cuff her if she didn’t comply (something I have contemplated myself). Was this just a case of a flight attendant lacking patience? (But it does make me wonder: can I request to have my own kids ejected from a flight? Or would that require that I get off with them?)
The whole thing is cringe-worthy, really. Because I have a fairly clear picture of that two-year-old. She could have been mine. Could she have been yours? Do you think it’s okay to boot a family due to a toddler tantrum?
In the meantime, here are some ideas to keep these dangerous criminals at bay during a flight.