Boston, MA – Dr. Colette Vieau and her family, a husband and two young daughters, had boarded a JetBlue flight back to Boston from the luxurious island of Turks and Caicos when they were told to get off. The reason? Their two-year-old, Natalie, was throwing a fit and refused to be seated.
In a courageous show of force, the girl’s parents finally managed to wrangle the beast and restrain her with a seat belt, holding her in place. Dr. Vieau, who states her family were never belligerent, angry or screaming, then said to a flight attendant, “We have them seated. Can we go now?”
It was at that point that the flight attendant informed them the pilot had already decided, for the safety of all customers and crewmembers on board, that the family be removed from the plane.
JetBlue released a statement explaining the pilot came to this decision because the family “did not comply with crewmember instructions for a prolonged time period.”
There were no more flights that night, and the family reports that they spent $2,000 for a hotel and new flights. I reckon they could have obtained a toddler-sized muzzle and straitjacket for less than half that. For those wondering why she did not simply hold her daughter, federal regulations prevent parents holding their children in their laps if they are over 2-years-old.
“I don’t know that I could blame JetBlue, to be totally fair. I just feel like it’s airplane travel today in general. I was certainly upset by the way this flight attendant handled the situation. As a result, yeah, I would probably try to avoid JetBlue in the future,” Vieau said. “A little bit of humanity in the situation was really all I was looking for. Apparently, that doesn’t exist.”
My mother just drugged us. Well, not me; I was the most perfect child a parent could ask for, as some might expect. But my younger sister got prescription liquid Dramamine, which she aptly named “Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtle Slime,” for its dark-green, sludge-like appearance and gag-inducing flavor. But don’t judge. If there were ever an excuse to drug your kid for non-medical reasons, it’s a 5 ½-hour, non-stop flight.Tags: Colette Vieau, Crime, JetBlue, Massachusetts, toddler, Weird News