Travel with Children - Police called when 2 kids refused to buckle seatbelts
Calling the police may have been extreme. What do you think?
"...Officers with the Port of Portland Police Department were called to meet the Skywest-operated Alaska Airlines plane when it landed at Portland International Airport at 7:20 p.m., Alaska spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey told CBS2.
“During the flight, the children became disruptive and wouldn’t stay in their seats and wouldn’t fasten their seat belts, which is against federal regulations,” she said in a statement..."
Mar 30, 12, 9:28 am
The article doesn't state how old the kids are.
If 2 parents can not control 2 children, then there is a problem.
With "everyone" wanting their 15 minutes of fame, maybe this was that family's attempt? Who knows.
Mar 30, 12, 10:26 am
Here is an article from the Los Angeles Times:
Unruly kids disrupt SkyWest flight from Long Beach to Portland (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/unruly-kids-disrupt-skywest-flight-from-long-beach-to-portland.html)
March 29, 2012 | 12:43 pm
Two unruly children who repeatedly refused to fasten their seatbelts during a flight from Long Beach to Portland this week were greeted by police after landing in Oregon, then allowed to continue their trip to Seattle, authorities said Thursday.
The children, ages 3 and 8, were aboard a plane operated by SkyWest Airlines, a regional carrier that serves passengers who make reservations or purchase tickets through Alaska Airlines.
Alaska officials said that during Tuesday’s flight, the children repeatedly disobeyed orders by the captain and flight attendants to fasten their seatbelts, creating a disturbance in the cabin.
After being informed about federal aviation regulations, officials said, the children and their parents were allowed to board an Alaska flight to Seattle.
The name of the family was not disclosed.
Mar 30, 12, 12:27 pm
I have some sympathy for parents whose toddler is melting down and doesn't want to weat a seltbelt. But if you can't get your 3 yr old and 8 yr old to behave and wear seatbelts on a plane, you shouldn't be on a plane.
The airline should have just off-loaded them at PDX and told them to find ground transport the rest of the way. I don't know that law enforcement was needed in this situation, but somebody higher up at the airline sure should have made the rules clear upon landing.
Mar 30, 12, 3:26 pm
It's likely the parents should receive the blame.
You don't need a licence to have children. Some would say neither is there any requirement for brains.
Mar 30, 12, 6:46 pm
I don't know that law enforcement was needed in this situation, but somebody higher up at the airline sure should have made the rules clear upon landing.
Sounds like they were informed since the LA Times article states that even the captain told them to fasten their seatbelts.
I agree, offloading at PDX would have made a point. Wonder what the carriage contracts state and if this were an option?
Mar 31, 12, 12:41 am
Yes, unfortunately, the behavior is not good at all. They have listen to the flight crew instruction. Those kids have to put the seatbelt on. They should know better! Don't try to unbuckle off. The kids have to kept seatbelt on during the flight.