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Family Escorted off Plane Over PG-13 Movie

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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. 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I apply it to you because you keep writing these crazy things.

I fully expect my children to not scream the entire time on a plane. I don't get how people raise their kids. At what age are they going to start teaching manners? At what age are they going to teach appropriate behaviour? Do they just think the kid will turn 18 and they'll morph into something you hoped for?

Quoting talia-mom:

Why do you keep applying these things to me?

I have never said I would do them or allow them.

However, you cannot expect children not to scream the entire time on a plane and should plan accordingly.

Quoting EireLass:

You really believe that is appropriate behaviour? You don't think your children should be taught manners?

Quoting talia-mom:

but if that is right for that parent and child, people should plan for it.

Quoting EireLass:

So rather than do right for your child, you would make them sit on a plane for 4 hours screaming?

Quoting talia-mom:

I asked a question. If you can't answer it, you can't. We know your kids would have kept their heads down for 2-3 hours. Not all parents are like you. If some parents can only keep their kids occupied from a movie through that, who are we to judge? Passengers should expect noisy screaming kids an entire flight and plan accordingly. If some
Quoting EireLass:

That's the best you can do as their Mom?

Quoting talia-mom:

So if entertaining kids means they get to sing at the top of their lungs for 4 hours, that is okay as long as they don't ask a monitor be turned off?

Quoting lazyd:

You need to entertain your own kids...than they wouldnt have been payin attention to the screen!  The airline shouldnt have to accomodate these kids versus a whole airplane full of people!  Request to sit in the back (switching seats with others) if the screens were the kind that come down from the ceiling.  Sitting in the back there isnt a screen close enough that you could have kept the kids distracted.  Or if there are the screens in the back of the seats - the screens only turn on when you pay for them!  So than there shoudlnt have been an issue!  These parents are complaining about nothin!  Give your kids books to read our bring your own dvd player or let them close their eyes n nap or listen to music.  There are a lot of different ways to entertain your children and they dont have to see a screen to watch a movie!  People are such complainers - why does an airline have to accomodate just these people!  I would have told these people to shut up and let the rest of us watch the movie!


TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM

 

Quoting LilyofPhilly:

Waiting to find out how brown this family is....

  What??

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I advocate child free flights :-)

LilyofPhilly
by Gold Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM
Wondering -f racial profiling was a factor here. Maybe the family is of Middle Eastern decent?

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 


Quoting LilyofPhilly:

Waiting to find out how brown this family is....

  What??

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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM
I don't think that was the cause. Further discovery looks like the parents threw a huge fit and demanded to speak to the pilot.

Quoting LilyofPhilly:

Wondering -f racial profiling was a factor here. Maybe the family is of Middle Eastern decent?



Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 



Quoting LilyofPhilly:

Waiting to find out how brown this family is....


  What??

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