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Family Escorted off Plane Over PG-13 Movie

Posted by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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A family traveling from Denver to Baltimore on United claims that their flight was diverted by the captain because the parents requested that the in-flight movie, "Alex Cross," be turned off.

The parents, thus far unnamed, wrote a letter to The Atlantic about the incident. According to the letter, after the flight took off, the flight crew lowered the TV screens and began playing the PG-13-rated cop thriller starring Tyler Perry.

The parents, whose children are 4 and 8, believed the film to be too violent for their kids. "Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible" and would be a nuisance to the people behind them.

At this point, according to the letter, the people behind the parents spoke up and said it would be fine with them if the movie screen was closed. "Both flight attendants, and later the purser, claimed that they have no authority or ability to change or turn off the movie. The purser did, however, agree with us, as did many more of the passengers around us, that it is patently inappropriate to expose children to such content."

The parents wrote that throughout the discussion, no voices were raised and everyone was civil and polite. The parents apparently accepted that the movie was going to be shown. They attempted to distract their kids from the "horrific scenes on the movie screens," they wrote.

Which makes what happened next so strange. "More than an hour later the captain [name withheld for now] announced that due to 'security concerns,' our flight was being diverted to Chicago's ORD," the letter continued. Little did the parents know that they were the apparent cause for the diversion.

Upon landing in the Windy City, a police officer boarded the plane and allegedly asked the family to gather their things to disembark. Full article Here.

How would you have handled this situation as a parent of young children? The same? Would you have just stayed silent? Did the airline go overboard in the name of "security" or did they act appropriately?

by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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It wouldn't have bothered me.

But I am surprised by some parents who 'over guard' their kids (in my mind).

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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is not letting a 4 year watch soundless scenes of murder from a pg-13 movie over guarding them?


Quoting EireLass:

It wouldn't have bothered me.

But I am surprised by some parents who 'over guard' their kids (in my mind).



TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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Quoting EireLass:

It wouldn't have bothered me.

But I am surprised by some parents who 'over guard' their kids (in my mind).

  Do you think it's "over guarding" to keep a violent movie from a 4 yr old?

  I, personally, would have been very bothered by a violent movie being played while my 4 and 6 yr olds(first time mine flew) were sitting in seats with nowhere to go. Yes, you could try to make them stare at their shoes the entire 2-3 hour flight but that's not really reasonable.

  I would have also asked the flight attendants to close our screen. I wouldn't have caused a scene, but I sure would have made a request. These parents were not alone in their concerns and others around them asked for theirs to be closed.

4music
by Bronze Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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  Apparently just making a request/complaint makes you a security risk - shut up sheeple and enjoy your flight.

Nolanzo
by Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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I think its totally inappropriate to subject a captive audience with no means of escape to PG-13 material, absolutely. I would have had a huge problem with that, especially since I'm paying a small fortune to be there.

My sister actually does not allow TV or anything other than G films for her kids... she would have lost her mind.
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caito
by Silver Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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I wouldn't have cared. My daughter would have her own entertainment and wouldn't pay any attention to the movie. We don't censor films. If it's not animated or musical, my kid doesn't care.

Thomigirl
by Gold Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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A whole lot of 'something' is missing from this story...

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

 

Quoting caito:

I wouldn't have cared. My daughter would have her own entertainment and wouldn't pay any attention to the movie. We don't censor films. If it's not animated or musical, my kid doesn't care.

  How old are your children? Do you watch PG-13 and R rated movies in front of them?

  Do you feel the airline acted appropriately?

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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Quoting Thomigirl:

A whole lot of 'something' is missing from this story...

 I wondered about that. The family says they only asked for the screen to be put up, but I'm wondering if they got loud and verbally abusive with the attendants and that's what really caused the diversion of the flight.

caito
by Silver Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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She's four. Yes, we watch PG-13 and R movies in front of her. She has absolutely no interest in them.

I think it's weird that the airline kicked them off. Either the airline totally overreacted, or the family isn't being entirely truthful in their account of the incident. Either way it seems like the family overreacted. Can't people bring entertainment for their kids?

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 

Quoting caito:

I wouldn't have cared. My daughter would have her own entertainment and wouldn't pay any attention to the movie. We don't censor films. If it's not animated or musical, my kid doesn't care.

  How old are your children? Do you watch PG-13 and R rated movies in front of them?

  Do you feel the airline acted appropriately?


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