This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read/heard about in some time.
“I want to be my child’s friend” parents + out of control child = get the hell off this plane. The little brat won’t sit down, won’t shut up, won’t do as she’s told… the parents insist they’re trying to control her (but can’t)… after a 15 minute or so delay, the aircrew gives up and informs the lovely family they need to leave the plane. For a truly wonderful, detailed version of the entire episode, check here!
Sorry, Mr. and Mrs. (Ms.?) Kulesza, the incident was your fault, and the airline did the right thing. If an adult passenger was drunk, unruly, and refusing to take his seat, would you have expected the aircrew to ignore them and take off anyway? Your little snot-nosed brat was disruptive to the flight. No one on that flight was willing or eager to put up with the delays your hellspawn was causing, despite what you claim.
I’m sorry to see AirTran backing down from their stance – but maybe it’s just lip service to satiate the rabid liberal “spare the rod” crowd running to this story.
The folks over at “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly” (let’s just call them “Chip”) have a lovely “post” on a similar topic. Awesome.