Above is the Bible verse that appeared as the "verse of the day" on my sidebar. It made me think of the news story this past week where a husband, wife and their 3 year old daughter were removed from an airplane due to the fact that the child would not buckle into a seat; the parents were, of course, appalled and stated they would never fly that airline again.
Everyone has an opinion of this story. Mine happens to be - the airline was correct. FCC rules state that all passengers must be seated and buckled before take off. The child was throwing a fit, climbing under the seats and hitting the parents. The flight had already been delayed 15 minutes. The parents believe they should of been allowed more time to quiet the child down.
Gee....how long would that take? Apparently the rest of the passengers don't count? How many other passengers were trying to reach a destination to catch a connecting flight or a business meeting? They should just forget their own plans so two total strangers can calm down a child they apparently have no control over?
Let's take a look at this, we have a 3 year old throwing a fit and two grown adults trying to "calm her". How about, picking her up, sitting her in the seat and buckling her in? Yes, she would probably continue with her fit - but the plane could take off and once in the air the calming down could occur.
Though most comments agree with the airline, I've read some for the parents. Unfortunately those for the parents overlook the FCC regulations and the other passengers. These are probably the same people we see everywhere that take orders from their children (no one parents anymore). One person went as far as to state that her own child is autistic and cannot be comforted in the normal fashion, but other people would not know of his disability. While I sympathize with her situation - we know this wasn't the case here or else it would of been in all the news reports. I'm actually glad that the parents chose to go to the news with this story. They were looking for sympathy from the public and hoped to ruin the airline's reputation - it failed for them. Good.
It's time people take responsibility for themselves and quit looking for someone else to blame.