Toddler kicked off plane for throwing tantrum when told to turn off iPad

Toddler kicked off plane for throwing tantrum when told to turn off iPad

Miami : FL : USA | Jun 06, 2012 at 4:39 PM PDT
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Talking Tech | iPads on Alaska Airlines

Last weekend, a 3-year-old boy was kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight,again .

According to the Associated Press, the toddler refused to wear his seat belt -- as toddlers often do -- while the aircraft was leaving the gate.

The incident happened Saturday night on a flight from Seattle to Miami-- the first leg of a long journey to the Virgin Islands for labour day weekend.

Mark Yanchak told a local radio station that he was on his way to St. Martin’s Island with his 1-year-old son, wife, mother-in-law and 3-year-old when his older son became cranky while waiting for departure at the Seattle airport.

Mark and three-year-old Daniel were seated in the economy cabin while Mark's wife, mother-in-law and baby sat in first class.

Daniel played with an iPad until passengers were asked to turn off their electronic devices and Yanchuk took the gadget away.

"He was crying, being cranky,"I put his seatbelt on, but he was being cranky, trying to be close to me, so he wasn't fully fastened yet."Yanchak told .

When his son refused to wear the seatbelt, Yanchak asked his wife to bring him a pacifier and water. That seemed to do the trick, and the boy settled down. Unfortunately, the pilot had already turned the plane around and brought it back to the gate.

Despite that effort, the crew remained unsympathetic.To top it off, an Alaska Airlines representative asked Yanchak and his son to get off the plane, stating it was "a matter of safety."

And so they did: all of the Yanchaks.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy said ,"the flight crew in their best judgment did make the necessary decision it was also a matter of safety issue."

Alaska Airlines offered to rebook them on the same flight the next day, but Yanchuk declined.The family will receive a refund for the flight, McElroy said.

This is not the first time a family has been removed from a flight for a child's behavior. In March, a family flying Jet Blue was kicked off after a two-year-old began throwing a tantrum.

In the similiar incident in March Alaska Airlines, flight 3479 was grounded after two young children refused to fasten their seatbelts. Both the kids and parents were made to disembark from the flight and even detained by police officials, over the matter.

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nazish7 is based in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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