The folks at United Airlines have some explaining to do!!!
The airline kicked singer Sarah Blackwood — of Walk Off The Earth fame — off an airplane on Wednesday for the MOST ridiculous of reasons!
Sources report that the Canadian singer, who is seven months pregnant and was flying from San Francisco to Vancouver with her 23-month-old son, was booted from the plane right before take-off because her toddler wouldn’t stop crying.
It’s an airplane! Babies cry! Sure, it’s annoying, but that’s reason to kick a mother off the plane?!
Apparently, United Airlines informed her that her adorable two-year old was a threat to others on the plane. Say whaaa?!
Blackwood tweeted about the incident:
Blackwood told reporters about the incident, relaying the events:
“I was holding him in my lap and he was getting upset and crying really loud. It was just one of those days where I was trying my best to calm him down, but there’s only so much you can do.”
Allegedly, the crew decided to remove her just as the plane was taxiing away from the gate:
“I was approached a few times by the two flight attendants on the plane, telling me to ‘control my child.’ They said I was his parent and I should know how to calm him down, and if I wasn’t able to do that they would have to turn the plane around. I don’t like to make a big deal of anything; I don’t like to make a fuss; I don’t put up fights. I just said to her, ‘Please don’t do this.’ But she said, ‘The staff doesn’t feel safe on the plane with your son.'”
SkyWest Airlines, the United Airlines partner that was operating the flight, gave a statement afterwards regarding the incident:
“The crew made the difficult decision to remove Ms. Blackwood and her child from the flight based solely on safety concerns. Despite numerous requests, the child was not seated, as required by federal regulation to ensure passenger safety, and was repeatedly in the aisle of the aircraft before departure and during taxi. While our crews work to make traveling safe and comfortable for all travelers, particularly families, the crew made the appropriate decision to return to the gate in the interest of safety.”
That, too, was a stretch, Blackwood alleges:
“I’m more appalled now by the statement that they made, saying he was running around in the aisles, making him sound like a wild animal. We were in a window seat with a gentleman beside us. … My son wasn’t even close to an aisle.”
And now, after reaching Vancouver, Blackwood is posting recorded audio of the issue, as well as video of her two-year old son who airline officials pointed to as the reason for removing her from the flight:
Ugh, United Airlines… really? Really?!
[Image via YouTube.]