Another HUGE controversy in the world of airplane seat overbooking: a white couple from California were told that they have to give up their two-year-old son’s seat or face possible jail time, and have their children taken away from them. However, the media is not covering this case nearly as much as they covered the United Airlines case.
While both parents remained uninjured by staff, they were incredibly upset and have demanded an apology.
Mrs Schear told ABC: “As a mother, you have a one-year-old and a two-year-old – it doesn’t matter whether that’s true or false. It put fear in me.”
The Daily Mail reports:
They did not get a refund, Mr Schear said, and were forced to book a hotel room that night before buying three more plane tickets the following day.
They filmed the encounter with airport staff and posted it on YouTube. Mr Schear is heard asking a staff member: ‘I’m going to be in jail?’
Mr Schear can be heard stating: ‘Well, you should have thought of (that) before you oversold the flight. I bought that seat.’
He told CBS2: ‘We never thought it was going to get to the point where they were actually getting us all off the flight. As we were leaving the plane, there’s four or five passengers waiting for our seat. The bottom line is, they oversold the flight.’
The couple were flying alongside their young son and one-year-old daughter.
Initially the two youngest children were going to sit on their parents’ laps, but when their teenage son opted to travel on another flight – having had a seat booked – they seated Grayson in his seat instead.
In a statement to CBS, the airline said: ‘We are sorry for what this family experienced. Our team has reached out, and we will be talking with them to better understand what happened and come to a resolution.’