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Flight Attendant Threatens to Kick Parents Off Plane for Trying to Keep Baby Safe​​​??
June 26 at 10:03 AM

Flight Attendant Threatens to Kick Parents Off Plane for Trying to Keep Baby Safe​​​

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

baby airplaneAnother day, another story about an airline treating parents unreasonably. American Airlines is currently under fire for advising parents against putting their baby in a safety seat, as it would delay take-off, resulting in a late departure fine from the FAA. A flight attendant on an American Eagle flight headed from New York City to Columbus, OH noticed that the approved safety seat a 14-month-old was sitting in was not buckled properly when they were doing their final check after two grueling hours of sitting on the tarmac. Despite the FAA vouching that "the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap," the flight attendant told the parents to simply hold their child instead of fixing the problem, as it would take to long. When Dad protested, he was given the choice of being thrown off the plane, or holding his son during takeoff and landing. Lovely.

Obnoxious airline debacle aside, let's talk about flying with little ones for a moment here: It's basically the opposite of a walk in the park. But there are some things that we can and should keep in mind when flying with young kids. For one, a safety seats. They're important.

This family was right in bringing aboard a safety seat for their child to fly in (and, yes, the airline was wrong for putting a fine over the child's safety). The FAA continually recommends parents travel with an CRS, as "it's the smart and right thing to do so that everyone in your family arrives safely at your destination." And if you do fly with an CRS, please make sure it has been approved by the FAA. It should say, "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft" printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check it as baggage, which defeats the whole purpose. Another smart thing to do before take-off might be to ask one of the flight attendants if your kiddo's seat is properly attached, fastened, buckled, and harnessed. As we all know, there's always puh-lenty of time before taking off to make sure it's installed correctly.

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All this said, the airline is completely at fault here for not taking the time to fix what they saw was wrong with the CRS before take-off, full-well knowing the parents paid for the airline seat, the safety seat, and that it's the safest place for a child to be. Sure, the best thing for this family to do would have been to check with a flight attendant (or vice-versa) before take-off, but when you're traveling with a 14-month-old and you're delayed two hours on the tarmac, it's a lot of shoulda, coulda, woulda. Not cool, American Airlines. Not cool at all.

Do you travel with a safety seat?

 

Image via © Hans Berggren/Johnér Images/Corbis

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  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    June 26 at 10:23 AM

    I never brought a seat ever for mine whether they were on my lap or in the seat.  My dd was 2 1/2 when we went to Italy.  She had her own seat with no car seat.  That would have been miserable having her in the seat.  She would have probably been in my lap and not in the seat making me uncomfortable.  They should have installed the seat and had the kid in it before the plane took off if they brought a seat. 

  • AliKatAK47
    June 26 at 10:51 AM
    It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours.

    And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    June 26 at 12:45 PM

    Exactly, the world doesn't revolve around parents with kids who bring car seats.  If you can't install it in a few minutes then don't bring it. 

    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours. And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.


  • AliKatAK47
    June 26 at 12:47 PM
    Yep.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Exactly, the world doesn't revolve around parents with kids who bring car seats.  If you can't install it in a few minutes then don't bring it. 

    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours.

    And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    June 26 at 11:41 PM

     

    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours. And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.

     it didnt take them 2 hours to buckle in the caseat , they had already been delayed 2 hours when the attendent noticed the seat wasnt buckled in properly. the parents may not have even noticed it wasnt right but i am sure it would have only taken a second for the attendint to help them fix

  • quickbooksworm
    June 26 at 11:48 PM
    After 2 hours I'd have escorted them off the plane myself by opening the emergency exit and throwing the goddamn seat off.

    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours.

    And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.
  • Lorelai_Nicole
    June 27 at 12:08 AM

    I always take our carseats with us. I once saw a lap baby go flying when we hit an air pocket, and the image has always stuck with me. Even when I had to lug 3 carseats through the airport, along with 5 kids and no husband, I still put my baby's safety first.

    If I was the man in the article, I would've taken my family and left the plane, and raised hell with the airline.

  • Lorelai_Nicole
    June 27 at 12:12 AM

    It did NOT take them 2 hours to install the seat. The 2-hour delay was caused by something else--the flight attendant noticed the seat was installed improperly during the final check AFTER the delay.

    Quoting quickbooksworm: After 2 hours I'd have escorted them off the plane myself by opening the emergency exit and throwing the goddamn seat off.
    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours. And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    June 27 at 2:14 AM

    Parents shouldn't bring a seat if they don't know how to install it on a plane quickly and properly. 

    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    It did NOT take them 2 hours to install the seat. The 2-hour delay was caused by something else--the flight attendant noticed the seat was installed improperly during the final check AFTER the delay.

    Quoting quickbooksworm: After 2 hours I'd have escorted them off the plane myself by opening the emergency exit and throwing the goddamn seat off.
    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours. And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.


  • quickbooksworm
    June 27 at 9:00 AM
    So they had 2 hours of sitting there and still couldnt get it right. Nope, sorry. I don't even think most car seats should be allowed on planes anyway.

    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    It did NOT take them 2 hours to install the seat. The 2-hour delay was caused by something else--the flight attendant noticed the seat was installed improperly during the final check AFTER the delay.

    Quoting quickbooksworm: After 2 hours I'd have escorted them off the plane myself by opening the emergency exit and throwing the goddamn seat off.

    Quoting AliKatAK47: It took them TWO hours to fix this stupid thing. I'm with the airline. Sorry But unless the people are paying the fine they should do what's asked of them. They SHOULD have asked for help before fumbling with it for hours.

    And as the person waiting for 2 hours for take off I'd be pretty irritated so not only would the airline have a fine they'd also have some angry customers. An angry customer is a customer lost.

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