Skip to comments.Tot's tantrum gets family kicked off plane
Posted on 03/10/2012 8:32:14 AM PST by JoeProBono
BOSTON, -- A family returning from a trip to Turks and Caicos said it cost them $2,000 when they were kicked off their flight to Boston due to their daughter's tantrum.
Colette Vieau said she and her husband were on a JetBlue plane preparing for takeoff in February with daughters Natalie, 2, and Cecilia, 3, when the younger girl threw a tantrum and refused to sit down, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
"We were holding them down with all of our might, seat belt on. And I said, 'We have them seated. Can we go now?' (The flight attendant) said the pilot's made a decision to turn the plane around," Vieau said.
She said the plane returned to the gate and her family was forced to spend the night in a hotel and book a new flight, costing them $2,000.
"We did what we were asked to do. We weren't belligerent, drunk, angry or screaming. We were just having a hard time struggling with our children," Vieau said.
JetBlue released a statement saying the flight "had customers that did not comply with crew member instructions for a prolonged time period. The captain elected to remove the customers involved for the safety of all customers and crew members on board."
Kudo's to the crew for doing the right thing!!!
The kid will continue to throw tantrums only as long as she can get away with it!
Sometimes you have to wait till your kids grow up to travel....or travel some place close to home.
How dare you be offended by my out of control screaming brat?
Hmm ~ and your kids?
I flew to Italy with my 2-1/2 year old son.
Not a peep either way. Go figure.
Very possible when buying tickets at the last moment for a family and also the article said the hotel fair was included in that figure.
Had a lot of “crazy brat” moments of the plane from the yeller’ to the ‘kick the back of the seat for 6 hours’ brat.
My kids have never been allowed to throw a tantrum in public. They had a few in the privacy of our own home...they learned quickly that tantrums cost them, usually a small measure of hyde. At 12 and 17, they are fairly well behaved!
That's cheaper than three years of birth control, which, apparently, costs $3000.
Did the other passengers give a standing ovation?
Totally agree. If parents can't control their kids, they don't belong in a confined space such as an aircraft where others will be subjected to their tantrums. Maybe a mild sleeping pill for the kid would be a good idea.
So,in a case like this, the airline simply wouldn’t book them on another flight at no additional cost?
Yes, flying to the Turks Caicos will run you close to 2k.
A tantrum like that would have cost my children a black and blue bottom, regardless of whether it was in public or not!
Bill Cosby & a 4 years Old Kid on Plane
The info said that her dad was not on the plane. She sounded terrified. I wonder if they put her on the plane to fly alone?
And the pilot said DONT MAKE ME TURN THIS PLANE AROUND!
Sounds like their little emo child needed a whipping! Those tantrums left unchecked get really nasty when they are teenagers and then worse consequences as adults.
We always traveled with our 3 kids from the day they were born. So they were used to it, and rarely gave us any problems. When they were babies they would fall asleep as soon as the plane took off, or as soon as our car got on the road. As they got a little older, they were able to feet themselves, etc., they LOVED the airline food. That was back when you always got a meal. They took their coloring books, and drawing materials, and as they got older they took their video games, later I-Pods, etc. So I had no idea how blessed and lucky we were and are! They are all adults now. We HAD to fly a lot because we had out house south of Houston Texas, our house in San Marino California, and the grandparents in Oklahoma & Colorado. We flew a lot back and forth, and our kids always thought it was fun! The kids were pre-school thru early elementary school.
But I flew on Continental one time when the three people behind me were not pleasant to say the least. It was a young woman, and with her was a young retarded woman and her son. The son screamed and cried and kicked the back of my seat, the whole three hour flight from L A to Houston. I asked for ear phones. Back then you had to pay $5 for them. They refused to let me have any. At that time you had to have a coupon for them. I didn’t have an I-Pod or ear plugs with me. Now I have Bose Noise Cancelling Ear phones. Life is good.
Problem is now you would have likely been arrested for child abuse and your children taken by authorities after the flight turned around because of an abusive parent. It is hard to be a parent these days. My daughters are hesitant to correct their children at all in public. There is always one person claiming child abuse for even a raised voice. I am glad I am not raising children now because the spotlight is really on parents.
Me too! Why is it when I fly there are always screamers and no one does any thing about it. Just as irritating LOUD TALKERS on a flight. I always get put next to one. Thank goodness for my new ear phones.
We always took our kids to the restroom when they needed a little attitude adjustment in public. Once or twice and the only correction needed was to discretely ask them if they needed to “go to the restroom.”
Our daughter threw 2 tantrums when she was barely over one year old. Our oldest son, my husband and I, snuck down the hall and into a bedroom, where we could peak around the door and see what she did. She noticed that no one was watching her and she came looking for us, where we all laughed out loud. Didn’t take her long, a second or two, to figure out tantrums fell on deaf ears! We still laugh about it and she is the most beautiful adult scientist Austin Texas ever knew! She never went through the terrible twos, I guess she understood that it would get her no where. LOL
She probably needed a cigarette.
Oh, no, not on bricks. Our daughter’s two tantrums, about a nano second long, were on a rug. She ran to the rug before she threw herself down. It was so obvious that it was fake, drama, we ignored it and laughed. It’s still funny. She NEVER threw a tantrum in public.
“Why is it when I fly there are always screamers and no one does any thing about it. “
Because you will look like a jerk if you complain. Believe me, I did. Not only do I have my mp3 player but my laptop is also my hand-carry on every flight.
I am thankful smoking is no longer allowed on a flight. The second time we flew to Europe we were on row 22 and row 23 and back were smoking rows. As soon as they told us we could smoke, the smokers lit up, it was like sitting in a chimney or in a bowling alley! My husband and son fell asleep fast, I sat there choking in the smoke. LOL I don’t mind smoke when I am in an open place or where there is good ventilation. I don’t mind it at all, but on a jet plane UGH!
Also, I told my son in law that our daughter never went through the Terrible Twos. I was bragging on her. She has always been a quiet well behaved good girl. He answered me with a question, he said “So are you telling me to look for this in the future?” Ha ha ha Nope she isn’t going to start acting up now. She is such a joy in my life, I wish I had 10 or 12 kids, why did I stop at 3????
At some time in that kid's past throwing a tantrum got her what she wanted, why shouldn't she try again?
This Nation is now held hostage by adults who will throw a tantrum if they don't get everything handed to them. It's working, isn't it?
BTW, I never abused a kid, just made sure I had a reputation for doing what I say I'll do, don't call my bluff.
“The kid will continue to throw tantrums only as long as she can get away with it!”
That’s why I advocate ball gags and shock collars for children, through the teenage years, and wives, at any age.
Stop bragging about your children that never threw a tantrum as if that says what a great parent you are!!
Other freeper parents have children with autism who can “lose it” over small things. Have some heart. There are also plenty of small children without autism that can, if sick, tired, or overstimulated ALSO have a big fit.
Now, I agree that the crew decides if the family must leave the plane, and I’d abide by that rule with no lawsuit. I agree with it, and would be taking that risk flying with a small child.
But I don’t like to see freeper parents bragging about how their child never tantrumed. I have one like that too. It had nothing to do with you (assuming the children are kept well fed and enough sleep). Please feel for your fellow freeper parents who have been frustrated and humiliated with children who got out of control through no one’s fault.
No, a belt cannot whip autism out of a child, anyone who wants to post that old saw. You could have whipped my son to death sooner.
So, your one kid got 30 seconds!
I was always able to pick the kid up and that was the end of that ~ and sometimes both kids ~ and ..... well, what can I say. I have more than 30 first cousins on one side of the family and I was one of the older ones so maybe I got more practice.
All of them are different, and sometimes a kid gets in a crying jag that's uncontrollable. Years back the stewardesses would have probably been able to comfort the kid but today they have to be super cautious because there are plenty of parents who don't want anybody to touch their kids ~ even they don't touch them!
It's possible the kid wasn't such a problem as it was the fact that the parents were uncooperative ~ just like the crew reported.
What an amazing group of parents we have posting in here. Their 2 year olds are always well behaved and respect what their parents say at all times.
The self righteous here are pathetic.
FAA and NTSB did this to the baby.
FAA and NTSB did this to the baby.
My son just read this story and went “phew”. He and his wife just got back from Turks and Caicos with her extended family. There were twelve adults and 7 kids 5 and under.
One slip up and teething will become the worst ~ worst ~ worst..............
You really must work on your reading comprehension...I didn’t say my children NEVER threw a tantrum, just not in public. They both threw a couple at home, as I posted in my first comment, and were corrected for their behavior and learned that tantrums were not going to get them what they wanted. Once they learn that tantrums aren’t going to get them rewards, they will stop throwing tantrums. Anyone who refuses to correct their child’s behavior deserves the hellion they get. The bible says “spare the rod, spoil the child” ...I did not spare the rod, so my children are not spoiled, just loved.
The self righteous here are pathetic.
About 14 years ago my then young family flew down to Florida for Christmas break to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Me, my wife, a 6 year old, and an almost 3 year old. We bought four seats for the four of us, and we brought a booster seat for the 3 year old to sit in.
On the flight home, the plane was completely booked and there weren't four seats together, so me and the wife split up and each took a child. I got the 6 year old, and she got the 3 year old.
We were stuck on the tarmac for almost an hour after the door was closed waiting in line for takeoff, when from the back of the airplane I heard this loud screaming and crying as some kid didn't want to sit down and put on his seatbelt.
The kid of course was mine, and my wife was having fits trying to get him to behave. I heard all the groans and muttered complaints from the other passengers as his voice became more and more shrill.
Being half a plane away, I turned to the adult next to me and said "I blame the parents."
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