Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hurray for Air Tran!!

I saw coverage of this incident on the local TV news last night, and I just read this article on Yahoo News about it. And I say, "Way to go, Air Tran!!" Woo hoo! Somebody final stands up to unruly kids and their inconsiderate parents.

At the end of the Yahoo item, the father is quoted as saying he and his family would never fly Air Tran again. My reaction? "Can I get that in writing?"

I have now put Air Tran tops on my list of preferred carriers next time I fly.

Here's hoping all the other parents that don't control their kids also boycott Air Tran. I'll bet you'll see their bookings go up.

Thanks again for helping to stop the insanity.

Edit: Jan 24
Another Hooray for Air Tran. He spells it differently but the sentiment is the same!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You clearly do not know much about what you are talking about.

Any normal 3 year old kid is going to throw a fit once in a while, a well-behaved kid just throws less of them.
The only kids that do not throw fits are the ones that come from places like the worst romanian orphanages were they know that they will get no response. They do not throw fits, they do not cry and they probably do not laugh.

In the second place, if you want to fly without being bothered by kids and even have some extra leg space, you can fly first class. You should expect to pay more for it. The same will happen if AirTran will implicitly or explicitly kick out any unruly toddlers and babies from their flights. You will not pay as much as for first class but you will pay significantly more.

I never enjoyed travelling with unruly kids or any other passengers but... if you do not like public transportation take a cab, or in this case a jet.

Good luck.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Joe C said...

On the contrary, Mr. Anonymous, I have raised two wonderful children to adulthood (my eldest is now 30) and trust me, they were plenty difficult as 2 and 3 year-olds. The difference is, my wife and I didn't let them get away with murder like many of today's parents do. Somewhere along the line in our culture, people forgot that "no" is an acceptable reply to a child.

We took responsibility for our kids, and didn't let their childish behavior terrorize others around us. No, Mr. Anonymous, I know whereof I speak.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 9:03:00 PM  
Blogger Aviatrix said...

The issue is not the kid screaming. The issue is not the child being poorly behaved. The issue is that all passengers over two years of age must be securely belted into a seat before the airplane can move from the gate. Those are federal regulations and the only flexibility is given to patients incapable of using a seat, and properly secured in an attended stretcher.

The parents were asked to seat their child. If, screaming, kicking and howling, the three year old had been placed in a seat and her seatbelt fastened, the airplane would have departed with the family on board.

Thursday, January 25, 2007 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger Joe C said...

Thanks. I *think* you proved my point. If the parents had taken some responsibility and strapped the kid, kicking, screaming or not into the seat, all would have been fine. But they refused to.

Thursday, January 25, 2007 1:05:00 PM  
Blogger Fritz said...

Why are you a "recently revived Democrat"?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007 4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Joe C said...

fritz: Just got madder than hell and tired of listening to right-wing neo-con bullshit. See my other blog: Connecticut Blue.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007 7:18:00 PM  

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