Delta Boots Family Off Flight When They Won't Give Up 2-Year-Old's Seat
The airline's flight attendants told the parents their kids would end up in foster care if they didn't give up the seat they had paid for.
OK...did every middle school bully grow up to become a flight attendant or what?
First a crew from United Airlines forcibly removed Dr. David Dao from their plane by dragging the 69-year-old down the aisle when he refused to get off the oversold flight. Then an American Airlines attendant whacked a mom-of-two with a stroller. Now a Delta flight attendant is under fire after telling a California couple they would be thrown in jail and their kids would be put in foster care if they didn't give up their son's seat.
Here's how it all went down. Brian and Brittany Schear were traveling with their two toddlers when they were kicked off the Los Angeles-bound Delta flight from Hawaii for refusing to give up their 2-year-old son's seat. The extra ticket was being used for the boys's car seat because the flight was a red eye and the little guy wouldn't have been able to fall asleep without it—all of which Brian patiently explained to the flight attendant, who totally DGAF and told him to leave or else he'd be arrested.
Talk about a power trip! This chick has clearly watched too many episodes of The Closer. But Brian was a total savage and somehow managed to remain calm through the entire ludicrous eight-minute encounter. Check out the video, which he later posted on YouTube:
"They oversold the flight and asked us to give up a seat we purchased for my older son that my younger son was sitting in," Brian wrote in the caption of the clip. "You will hear them lie to me numerous times to get my son out of the seat. The end result was we were all kicked off the flight. They then filled our 4 seats with 4 customers that had tickets but no seats. They oversold the flight. When will this all stop? It was midnight in Maui and we had to get a hotel and purchase new tickets the following day."
So wrong. Since when do stand-by customers take precedence over passengers who have already paid for their seats, shown up on time, and boarded the plane? My husband and I traveled a ton with our kids when they were little, and the only way they would sleep on flights was if they were in their car seats, so we sprung for the extra tickets every single time. Would I have even given one of them up after shelling out good money for them? Oh HAIL no!
And not for nothing, but while you can hear an attendant tell Brian that under FAA regulations 2-year-old children can't have their own seat and must fly in their parents' laps, the websites for both the FAA and Delta encourage parents to buy separate seats for young children and use a child safety restraint system.
And of course, now that Brian's video has gone crazy viral, Delta Air Lines has copped to being sorry for the "unfortunate experience."
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"Delta's goal is to always work with customers in an attempt to find solutions to their travel issues," the airline said in a statement. "That did not happen in this case and we apologize."
Too little too late, guys.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.