A passenger on a Continental ExpressJet flight from Houston to Oklahoma City says she was removed from the flight because her toddler would not stop repeating the phrase, “Bye, bye plane.”
Her two-year old, Garron, repeated the phrase all through the flight attendant’s safety speech. Afterward, the passenger, Kate Penland, said the flight attendant told the man sitting next to her to shut the baby up. From ABC13:
“As she finished, she leaned over the gentleman who was sitting next to me, and she said, ‘OK, it’s not funny anymore. You need to shut your baby up,’” Penland said.
Penland told the flight attendant that Garron would fall asleep soon enough. Penland told Eyewitness News, “She said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Regardless, I don’t want to hear it.’ And she said it’s called baby Benadryl and (made a drinking motion.) And I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to drug my child so you have a pleasant flight.’”
Soon after the baby Benedryl incident, the flight crew made an announcement that they were returning to the gate. Authorities at the airport were notified of a “passenger disturbance,” but arrived to find only Kate and Garron being escorted off the plane.
Continental ExpressJet responded: “We received Ms. Penland’s letter expressing her concerns and intend to investigate.”
We really can’t figure out why they’d go so far as to kick the woman off the plane. Maybe a creepy kid chanting the phrase “Bye, bye plane” scared them? We know that’s lame but that’s all we can think of. Too weird.
Talking toddler and mother removed from flight in Houston [ABC13]