June 1, 2012- A three-year-old child who was deemed unruly by crewmembers was kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight. The toddler was screaming and squirming on a flight over the long Memorial Day weekend and would not remain buckled into his seat.
The incident took place on Saturday on a Miami bound flight from Seattle. It was the first leg of a journey that would take the youngsters family to the Virgin Islands. The toddler’s father, mother and sibling boarded early and took their seats in different sections of the plane, with Daniel, the toddler sitting with his father in coach.
Daniel was content with an iPad while passengers boarded. His father took the iPad away when crewmembers said electronic gadgets had to be turned off and that is what set the young boy off. Daniel started to scream, cry and would not sit still so his father could fasten his seat belt.
The crew checked on the pair a number of times but Daniel would not calm down enough to be buckled in. The crew said because the boy eventually laid down on his seat, the seat belt was around his neck, which the father disputes.
The captain made the decision along with his crew to ask the family to leave the plane and take another flight. The crew made that decision for the safety of the child, said the captain.