An unruly child on an aeroplane could be considered the bane of any flyer’s existence.
The family of five was split up, with the mother, grandmother, and younger sibling in First Class while the father and three-year-old sat in coach.
Time reports that before takeoff, the child was perfectly content playing with an iPad in his seat. However, once the iPad had to be turned off, the child became restless.
It got to a point where the seatbelt was nearly around the child’s neck and flight attendants felt choking was possible. The boy’s father, Mark Yanchuk, said that he would never let a situation like that happen. The boy was settled enough to let the plane leave the gate, but became restless again as it was taxiing.
The plane returned to the gate where flight attendants asked Mr. Yanchuk and his son to leave the plane. The entire family ended up disembarking.
Alaska did offer to rebook the family on the same flight the next day, which they refused. Instead, Alaska will be fully refunding the Yanchuk’s tickets and they will be heading to the Virgin Islands on a different airline.
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