There’s been a story going around (especially on Twitter) about a family that was kicked off a JetBlue flight because the mother was holding their squirmy toddler.
A family that purchased a separate seat for their 2-year-old son on a JetBlue flight say they were just trying to comfort the youngster by having him sit on his mom’s lap during takeoff, but that the flight attendants treated them like a safety risk and had them kicked off the plane.
Jet Blue responded, according to WTOP, that they must follow all federally-mandated law and keep the safety of customers in mind.
But thinking about this, I have a a question.
So, the passenger’s concern is whether or not the flight attendant overreacted to a squirmy toddler. And JetBlue basically said they must do what is in the interest of the other passengers (which makes sense).
But the woman’s child was 2 years old. Technically, she could have flown with him on her lap as a lap child instead of purchasing him a seat.
Given she could have legally had him as a lap child, what made having him on her lap more inherently dangerous in this situation than in the typical lap child situation?
I’m honestly asking because that specific detail has had me puzzled for this whole case.