Sounds like they have a seriously spoiled brat. If the kid was "crawling around under the seat and hitting the parents" and the plane had already been delayed 15 minutes, it's time to get them off the plane. Most people have connections they have to make to other flights, delaying the plane any further could have caused the other passengers serious problems.
:rofl: That reminds me of what we (a student and I) did on the last trip to a conference. We had a poster tube to carry with all the posters for the lab, and for some reason, seemed to keep getting bugged by small children about what was in the tube. So, we started telling them our pet snake was in the tube. You should've seen the expression on the kids' faces when we told them that.That's a heck of a lot of suffering, and only furthers my ongoing cause, for a total ban of toddlers and rattlesnakes on airplanes.
Yeah, they were pretty much rewarded with free tickets for letting their kid act up. I hope that doesn't catch on. But, hey, if families with bratty kids don't want to fly AirTran, fine with me...I'll start flying them more often.It seems the family was adequately compensated for being removed, the father saying they would never fly on AirTran again just comes across as silly.
I would have had it even worse...my mom would have been the one dragging me off the plane and the vacation would have been cancelled.Sounds like the airline was completely right to throw them off the flight. I hate going places like a nice restaurant, movie...ect and having to listen to bratty kids throw tantrums the entire time. If I had done that when I was young I would have been smacked, and rightly so.
Haha my parents would have done the same thing. I'd have been dragged off that plane so fast my head spun....then I'd have gotten a good 'licken' out in the parking lot. Good thing I knew better. I remember seeing a kid throw a fit in a store one time and I asked my mom if I was ever that bad in public....and she was like nope you knew better than to pull stunts like that.I would have had it even worse...my mom would have been the one dragging me off the plane and the vacation would have been cancelled.
Whaaa? What ever happened to hitting your kid when they misbehave. Smack them in the bottom and then tell them to stop crying or they will get another smack. Tantrum over.I'm not too sure about that "spoiled brat" theory. My kids were very easy going and pleasant almost all of the time. They rarely went into tantrums. But when they did, there was no way to predict it was coming and no way to calm them down once it did. Patience, when patience was hard to evoke, was the only cure. I would take the tantrummer out of the hearing of other people while my wife and the other kid sat and finished what they were doing. It could take 15 or 20 minutes to calm down. Threats, punishements, rewards and begging had no effect on this time period.
As for kicking the family off the plane, this is extreme. Tantrums rarely last very long. Perhaps there were passengers who were complaining, but I have never seen that happen myself.
They were delaying take-off because they weren't getting the kid into her seat! If she's going to scream, fine, but pick her up and put her in the seat and strap the seatbelt around her so the plane can get moving. If the kid is small enough to climb under the seat of a plane, she's small enough to be lifted up by an adult and sat in her seat, whether she is happy about it or not.As for kicking the family off the plane, this is extreme. Tantrums rarely last very long. Perhaps there were passengers who were complaining, but I have never seen that happen myself.
Our kids had motion sickness problems when they were little. To counteract this, we would give them Dramamine at the onset of a long trip. Our pediatrician told us how to reduce the adult dose to little kid size. Dramamine is very similar to Benadryl: They both induce drowsiness. Not only was the car clean, it was also quiet.WHen we took our son Simon on his first long flight, he was 1-1/2 years old, and at that cranky, teething age. We were so anxious about how he would handle the flight we even brought along some drugs (just benedryl, actually).
My bad, I misspelled punishment. I speak from experience, it didn't work. It's not working for Bush either, but I had the sense not to go to surge.Whaaa? What ever happened to hitting your kid when they misbehave. Smack them in the bottom and then tell them to stop crying or they will get another smack. Tantrum over.
From the item as reported, I think that the airline was in the right. I would like to point out, however, that the article doesn't specify why the flight had already been delayed by 15 minutes; it might have had nothing to do with the kid and the tantrum had barely gotten started. Still, a further delay would be unacceptable, and no one would want to listen to a squalling brat even if she did get buckled in.112 passengers * 15 minutes = 1680 people-minutes = 28 people-hours of delay. That's a heck of a lot of suffering, and only furthers my ongoing cause, for a total ban of toddlers and rattlesnakes on airplanes.