Boy, 3, Kicked Off Alaska Airlines Flight For Not Fastening Seat Belt

Thu, May 31, 2012 9:41am EST by 3 Comments
Boy Kicked Off Flight

A very cranky toddler was kicked off his Alaska Airlines flight for refusing to fasten his seat belt. Do YOU think that was a little extreme or should his parents have tried harder to control their son? Vote!

Three-year-old Daniel Yanchak was kicked off his airplane after refusing to buckle his seatbelt. (It’s not the first time a cranky toddler has been kicked off a plane!)

Daniel’s dad, Mark Yanchak admitted that his boy was a little antsy before take-off but that the crew from the flight out of Sea-Tac International was too stern. “I started putting him in his seat. I put his seatbelt on. But he was being cranky, trying to be close to me, so he wasn’t fully fastened yet,” he said to My Northwest on May 26.

He said that an attendant then asked him and his son to get off without explaining why.

When his son was finally calmed down, the pilot had announced their return to the gate.

The airline said they spoke with the father repeatedly and had witnessed Daniel laying across his seat and saw his seatbelt near his neck. The then made the decision to return to the gate, saying it was a matter of safety.

Daniel’s mother, Svetlana, was sitting about 20 rows away and told KIRO-TV that it was “pretty embarrassing.”

The airline offered to put the family on another flight but the father said after their experience, they don’t want to fly with the airline again.

Do YOU think that was a little harsh for the airline to kick him off? Or did they do the right thing? Vote, HollyMoms!

— Lorraine Chow

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