AirTran officials said they followedrules that children age 2 and above must have their own seat and be wearing a seat belt upon takeoff.
"The flight was already delayed 15 minutes and in fairness to the other 112 passengers on the plane, the crew made an operational decision to remove the family," AirTran spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver said.
Julie and Gerry Kulesza, who were headed home to
"We weren't given an opportunity to hold her, console her or anything," Julie Kulesza said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
The Kuleszas said they told a flight attendant they had paid for their daughter's seat, but asked whether she could sit in her mother's lap. The request was denied.
She was removed because "she was climbing under the seat and hitting the parents and wouldn't get in her seat" during boarding, Graham-Weaver said.
The Orlando-based carrier reimbursed the family $595.80, the cost of the three tickets, and the Kuleszas flew home the next day.
They also were offered three roundtrip tickets anywhere the airline flies, Graham-Weaver said.
The father said his family would never fly AirTran again.
I applaud the airline! This is a prime example of the serious lack of parental control that our society has these days. The child is three years old for heavens sake!
Why is it that nowadays so many households are ruled by the children? This is why we have so many disrespectful children because it derives from the behavior allowed at home. Barely anyone under the age of 18 understands what authority figures are these days. This is our future...I cringe at that thought.
My children are going to be disciplined freaks in a world of chaos. Now I am not saying all children are like this three year old but after 12 years of working with families and children, 75% of the families I have met, the children ruled the household.
I had a two year old I kept who's mother could not get her to go to sleep at a decent hour and would usually fall asleep in the bed before the child. The first night I kept her I asked the mother what an ideal time would be since 11:30pm was not going to happen in my stead. She said 8:30 but in an "it is not going to happen" manner.
That child was asleep by 8:40. When the mother came home at 10 and was amazed the little girl had been asleep for almost a hour and a half I had to bite my tongue to not say "I am the adult." And no I did not beat, tie up or sedate the child as people have joshed to me over the years. I just told the little girl that it was time for bed and I would lay with her until she went to sleep but if she got up or refused to go to sleep then she would have to lay by herself. I established that my word was law in a gentle but nonmoving way.
Is that so hard?
I have had people tell me " well it is different when it is your child" and I want to answer " you are right because then I will have even more responsibility and control over their actions than children that I am just keeping."
I could go on a soapbox for hours about this topic, starting with the disolvance of the family due to mother's working and being to tired to deal with their children therefore let them get away with things that they might not if the mother was not exhausted. Also because the mother is exhausted meals turn into McDonalds and teaching time turns into television, computers, and video games instead of one on one time.
I appreciate mothers who can balance both and applaud mothers who take time to be involved to an intimate level in their childrens lives. Lime and Breazy are these types of mothers and I am glad to always read about their "mom " adventures because it shows me there are still people out their that realize they are the adult.
Thank heavens the airline realized they were the adult...to bad those parent's don't.