According to this article over on Eagan Patch, a mother was separated from her 6 year old child on a flight due to seating policies. Staff would not move them closer together prior to the light and allegedly scolded other passengers who offered their seats to the woman.
From the article:
Single mom Jennifer DeYoung of Eagan booked the flight through Orbitz for both her son Avery and herself, but when they checked in at the airport they found out they were assigned seats in different parts of the plane.
Things didn’t get any better after they boarded. DeYoung said flight attendants were rude and suggested she take another flight the following day, and that’s when she started crying
As someone who has flown on planes and run into a similar situation, although with another adult and two children which was rectified before we boarded, I can’t say that I would be all that freaked out by being less than 100 feet from my child on a plane. I applaud the woman if she’s one of those people who are in constant view of their child, not looking at her mobile phone, and not chatting with another parent next to her while her child plays somewhere nearby; however, I have a feeling she’s just like everyone else and that distance wouldn’t bother her in the least in most other situations. This one simply was her not getting her way and seeing it as an opportunity to “SAVE THE CHILDREN”.
What about you? Would you throw a hissy fit if you weren’t allowed to sit next to your child due to booking on a site like Orbitz and then ignoring the slew of e-mails the airlines sends you about moving seats and potentially having to purchase upgrades to get you sitting next to others? Do you think this parent is just looking for attention and usually has her face buried in her mobile phone anyway? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.