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Pregnant singer Sarah Blackwood and crying {unsecured?} son kicked off flight

Pregnant singer Sarah Blackwood and crying {unsecured?} son kicked off flight

Old May 28, 15, 12:58 pm
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A seven months pregnant Canadian Juno-nominated singer says she was ejected from a United Airlines flight in San Francisco Wednesday because her two-year-old son would not stop crying.

Burlington-based Sarah Blackwood, a singer for Juno nominated band Walk Off The Earth, was removed from United flight 6223, operated by SkyWest Airlines, after being warned three times that her child must stop crying.

SkyWest confirmed that a woman was removed from the flight when her “child could not be secured for takeoff.”
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Source: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment...as-crying.html

For the record, I'm actually with UA on this...if the parent can't secure the child on the ground, then how will it get any better in the air? Tamper tantrums work because the parents give into it. I'm glad she was kicked off the plane. IMO, babies should be gate checked

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Old May 28, 15, 1:08 pm
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if the baby was crying and had its seatbelt on would she have been allowed to stay on the plane...
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Old May 28, 15, 1:11 pm
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UA managers and employees should have a better innate sense of how dramas like this play out in social media. For every FTer who thinks good riddance, I hate crying children anyway, there are 99 normal human beings out there whose opinion of UA declines further. Perception and spin are reality.

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Old May 28, 15, 1:12 pm
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I mean, which is it, were they kicked off because of crying (which would be a pretty stupid thing for UX to have done) or because the kid couldn't be secured for takeoff (which would not be particularly stupid)?
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Old May 28, 15, 1:14 pm
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If the kid can't be belted in, they legally can't take off.

Sorry the kid had a meltdown, but what was Skywest supposed to do? I fly with them a lot out of SFO, the crews are generally great.
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Old May 28, 15, 1:15 pm
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Can someone explain why it matters that she's pregnant?
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Old May 28, 15, 1:16 pm
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Tantrum and unsecured. You can't make an exception because where does it stop. Intermediate or high school age? I am not a fan of United but I have to agree in this instance.
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Old May 28, 15, 1:17 pm
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From the story:

Moore added that by the time the plane returned to the airport from the runway, the child was fast asleep, and passengers were forced to wait 75 minutes while Blackwood’s luggage was removed from the flight.
Nothing but a power-hungry regional jet flight attendant and flight crew. But FA gotta win even if it means everyone else loses. Happens every day, somewhere. Face-saving taken to a whole 'nother dimension. Must not ever back down or appear weak.

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just to clarify. I don't think screaming babies or infants should be removed from a plane.
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Old May 28, 15, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
From the story:

Nothing but a power-hungry regional jet flight attendant and flight crew. But FA gotta win even if it means everyone else loses. Happens every day, somewhere. Face-saving taken to a whole 'nother dimension. Must not ever back down or appear weak.
What the baby was doing by the time the aircraft got back to the gate is irrelevant.

The conditions at takeoff are what matter.

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Old May 28, 15, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by milepig View Post
Can someone explain why it matters that she's pregnant?
And why does it matter that she is a singer?
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Old May 28, 15, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by EWRMAN View Post
just to clarify. I don't think screaming babies or infants should be removed from a plane.
Is a two-year-old a baby or infant? I would have used the word toddler. He's old enough to unfasten his seat belt or refuse to be belted in, versus a more passive much younger child.
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This quote is my favorite : "....Babies cry. His ears may have been popping from the height,........” said Rick Collin, another passenger, on Facebook.

What height? They never took off. This guy was never even on the plane.
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Seems like there's little to discuss here. If they were removed for refusal to wear a seat belt, fine. If it were due to screaming only, probably not a good decision.

Skywest crews have been some of the best, and friendliest over the years, IMO.

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Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
From the story:



Nothing but a power-hungry regional jet flight attendant and flight crew. But FA gotta win even if it means everyone else loses. Happens every day, somewhere. Face-saving taken to a whole 'nother dimension. Must not ever back down or appear weak.
So should the plane have turned around for takeoff again with the possibility of the child waking up and throwing a tantrum again?
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