Toddler Forced to Urinate in Seat After Airline Refuses to Let Her Go Potty
A mother says that JetBlue made her 3-year-old daughter go potty in her seat. Jennifer Deveraux was traveling on a flight from New York to Boston when her plane became delayed and sat on the tarmac for 30 minutes. During that time, her toddler had to pee. Hell, I would have had to pee. Thirty minutes? That's a long time for a toddler -- or me -- to hold her water. Deveraux, however, says the rude flight attendant wouldn't let her take her little girl to the bathroom. But when nature calls ...
The little girl, Summers, did the only thing she could do at that point -- piss in her seat. Go, Summers!
Deveraux, not wanting to stink up the entire plane nor have her child sitting in a pool of pee, got up to grab some towels and try to clean up the mess. But if she couldn't take her kid to the loo, I don't know why she thought JetBlue would be reasonable now. The flight attendant allegedly snapped at her to sit back down and wouldn't let her clean up.
Then things got even worse. The mom says she told the ornery flight attendant:
Please give me a break. My daughter had an accident because you wouldn't let me take her to the bathroom. After I clean it up I will sit down.
But the flight attendant instead reported the mom to the pilot. Then the pilot turned the plane around and headed back to the gate. And he announced they were doing so because of a "non-compliant passenger." Way to make a frazzled mom and her urine-soaked toddler sound like terrorists! Starting to sound like a really bad sitcom plot.
However, at this point, an off-duty pilot sitting in front of the by-now frightened mom convinced the crew to let her stay. Another passenger who witnessed the incident Tweeted: "Everyone on flight 518 should be fired."
JetBlue says it is investigating the mortified mom's complaint, but defended itself on Twitter:
There are very strict FAA regulations when a plane is on the tarmac.
Huh. I'd love to see the part in the FAA handbook where it says toddlers must pee in their seats! I guess common sense isn't something JetBlue looks for when hiring.
Anyway, this story is a good lesson to traveling parents to perhaps use a diaper on their kid even if he or she is potty-trained. I might do the same thing!
Team Mom or Team JetBlue?
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