Over the weekend, I experienced one of the most disruptive flights ever in my years as an air traveler.
I should have known before the flight even left the ground that this wasn't going to end well. A little girl, maybe 4 years-old, and her mom sat directly in front of me on a near three-hour flight back to Des Moines.
Before we had even left the ground, passengers on the plane couldn't help but hear the screeches, screams, and crying coming from this pint-size flyer.
Once we took off, she whined, kicked, threw her coloring books, her crayons, and even a portable DVD player onto the floor and refused to stay in her seat.
As a mom myself, I'm totally sympathetic. I know how kids can get and there really is only so much you can do when a child gets out of line on a plane. But this girl went above and beyond anything any of my kids has ever done in flight. I honestly wouldn't have known what to do at that point.
I started thinking about all the stories of families who were actually asked to depart a flight because of a disruptive child.
In March, a Skywest crew removed a family when their two children refused to fasten their seat belts. In February, a 2 year-old and her family were given the boot from a JetBlue flight when the child refused to sit down.
What do you think? Do airlines have the right to remove a family from a plane if they deem a child disruptive? Tell us in the comments.