POLL: Should Alaska Airlines Have Kicked Fussy Toddler Off Plane?

An Everett man says the airline's crew kicked him and his son off the plane after the little one refused to buckle his seatbelt. Did they make the right choice? We ask you, Patch users.

Sitting near a crying or fussy toddler can turn a two-hour flight into a transcontinental one.

Some parents are fortunate to have children who are easily entertained and can remain quiet. Maybe the parents have skill and magic touch when traveling; or maybe it's just luck. 

But what happens when a toddler becomes so unruly that the pilot has to kick the young one off the plane, as was the case last Saturday at Sea-Tac International Airport?

Mynorthwest.com first reported an Everett man and his 3-year-old son were kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight.

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Mark Yanchak says his son was fussy during takeoff. However, the little one buckled (no pun intended) after his mother -- who was sitting in first class with the couple's other son -- came back with water and a pacifier.

But by then, the crew had already made a "judgment call," the airline explained tomynorthwest.com, and directed the plane back to the gate.

The man and his son were required to exit the plane. Alaska's reasoning? The boy refused to buckle during takeoff, so it was a matter of safety.

But Yanchak says the crew got impatient and overreacted.

So we ask you, Patch users, who do you think was correct in this situation? The airline or the family? Let us know by taking our poll and talking about it in the comments section.

veronica cook May 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM
My brother is a pilot. He insisted that when I flew with my son to always take the car seat. Kids know the expectation with a car seat. It is one thing to be fussy, yet another to not follow safety rules. There is a reason seatbelts are required.
Don June 01, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Toddler. What was the age of this child. If they are calling a four year old a toddler then definitely kick the unruly child off the plane. I have taken enough flights where poorly behaved children have made the flight extremely uncomfortable. If the child was two that is a who different story. If they are two then the parents buckle up the child and the story is over. Generally poorly behaved children are the result of poor parenting so they parents show pay by being removed from the plane. Now they have time to spent with the child teaching them proper behavior in public vs taking a vacation.
Louberry September 07, 2012 at 09:37 PM
It's not necessarily bad parenting. Sometimes toddlers don't know what to expect when they are in a new situation, and it is hard to get them used to a new situation. They are used to routine. It depends on a number of things varying from the child's personality, mood and tiredness. Tell me, are there times when you are exhausted you can't help but let it converge into the way you behave. It is much harder for a toddler to control this than it is for an adult, though some adults behave toddler like. Call it bad parenting when an adult acts like that in public! Calling it bad parenting when it is a toddler involved is RIDICULOUS. I have a psychology degree and you have to understand the different stages children go through to know that you can't just blame the parents everytime. Sometimes people are lucky they have a more mellow child, or else they have never been parents, or don't remember what it was like when they were parenting because it was twenty plus years ago. Being that it was a toddler and knowing the natural hurdles they go through at that age, no, don't assume it a parental failure. Sad that he did end buckled up anyway, and they still kicked him off. If it were truly a safety thing, buckling up would have resulted in them continuing their ride. Someone just has no understanding of children. I hope they got their money back since they were unable to get what they paid for.


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