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Mom & Crying Toddler Kicked Off Plane?

While surfing the net, I found an interesting headline:

Here is a quick summary of the article:

A mom and her toddler got kicked off a Southwest flight because the toddler kept screaming, “Go! Plane! Go!” and “I want Daddy!”

The plane hadn’t taken off yet and was taxing to the runway when the crew decided to return to the gate and escort the mother and toddler off the flight.

The mom felt that the child would have calmed down once the plane took off, but the crew obviously thought otherwise.

Pamela Root, a stay-at-home mom, had to stay an extra night with her toddler and wants compensation for the extra diapers and portable crib.  She also wants a formal apology.

I have traveled with our two-year-old son multiple times and it’s not the easiest thing in the world.  Everyone isn’t blessed with perfect toddlers and sometimes, things happen that you can’t 100% control, such as ear pain and fear.  Trust me…I know from personal experience.

Thank God I was never escorted off a flight!

To be honest, I feel for the mom.  I read the comments on the article and here is what most people are saying:

  • She should be able to control her child.
  • She should have drugged the child.
  • She shouldn’t have flown with the child if the child didn’t know how to behave.

I bet that the people saying this either have no kids, had toddlers 20-50 years ago and forgot what it was like, or were just plain insensitive.

These same people would probably be calling child protective services if she spanked the child or yelled at him.

We don’t know what her situation was.  Her child could have had a mental disability or some other issue going on. We just don’t know.

But I do know this: we should pray for this mom.  She definitely has her hands full…


Was Southwest right for kicking this mom and her child off the flight?
What are your tips for calming a two year old down on a flight?

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  • Christian Mommy Writer November 3, 2009, 11:55 PM

    @Amber & Krystal – I agree. He would probably would have calmed down once things got going. But you're right Krystal, we will never know because they got kicked off. 🙂 I wonder how he did on the flight the next day?

    @Faith Imagined – I wonder if this will set some kind of precedence on airlines.

    @Momsweb – Yeah, it probably was the perfect moms out there who never have problems with their kids that were commenting or complaining. Thanks for your comments about my blog design. It was time for a change.

  • MOMSWEB November 3, 2009, 10:31 PM

    Oh yea, I like your new, fresh, clean blog look.

  • MOMSWEB November 3, 2009, 10:21 PM

    Once again, it shows how insensitive people can be of mothers and I'll bet my only dollar that at least one of the comments were made by mothers.

  • Faith Imagined November 3, 2009, 4:30 PM

    Good grief! That is just awful! As long as the kid isn't in the cockpit messing with the pilots, I think he should be able to stay.

  • Coach Krystal November 3, 2009, 8:21 AM

    I think maybe they kicked her off a little prematurely. I bet the child would have calmed down once the flight started. Of course, we'll never know because she got kicked off…

  • Amber November 2, 2009, 10:46 PM

    Wow, kicked off a plane for being a toddler. I don't feel they had the right to kick her off. I'm guessing her toddler would have settled down after take off.
    Your right, I bet the ones making the comments do not have young children or did many years ago.
    I wonder if the pasengers complained or just the crew.
    Kids will be kids!
    Too bad so many adults have to be grumpy old farts!

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