Chrisean Rose: Dad and 2-yr-old kicked-off Frontier flight for letting crying toddler sit on lap during take-off
'I did not think it needed to be that far. I mean, arrest for what? For a kid crying?,' the father said
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A father and his 2-year-old daughter were removed from a Frontier Airlines flight on Sunday, August 7, after the toddler attempted to sit on her father's lap during takeoff. Chrisean Rose, the father, and his daughter were returning from Florida to Atlanta after experiencing "the most awesome daddy-daughter weekend" at Disneyworld when the incident took place.
Rose told WSBTV that his daughter "sat [on] his lap crying" because she was "too nervous to sit in her own seat" and that the crew member had threatened to have them jailed. His daughter had never flown before, so it was only natural that she was a little frightened during the flight, he said. Rose, added that he didn't encounter any difficulty while flying to Florida. The father said, "The attendants on that flight were understanding, accommodating, rational humans...and allowed her to sit in my lap when she got scared.”
However, on Rose's return flight, the flight attendants gave him and his daughter two choices, either she could sit in her own seat for takeoff, or they may leave the plane. When the father declined both, they threatened him with arrest. Everyone was deplaned, and Rose and his child were forced to get off. Later, Rose found a return flight on Delta Air Lines, where his daughter Rayana sat on his lap.
Rose later WSBTV, "I did not think it needed to be that far. I mean, arrest for what? For a kid crying?" Rose stated that his experience with Frontier was ‘beyond depressing’ and that he would never travel with them again. Meanwhile, representatives for the airline said the flight attendant was only enforcing a Federal Aviation Administration policy. After filing a complaint, Frontier reimbursed him for the flight.
Frontier Airlines said in a statement, "On a recent flight scheduled to operate from Orlando to Atlanta, as the flight was preparing for departure, a customer was advised that his child needed to be buckled into her own seat for takeoff.” "It is an FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] requirement that all passengers over the age of 24 months must be buckled into their own seat for takeoff and landing. The parent refused to comply and therefore was asked to exit the aircraft with the child. It is the responsibility of the flight crew to enforce federal safety regulations,” the statement added. However, Rose acknowledged that even though there is a policy, he told the portal that had hoped that Frontier would be flexible as babies don't understand laws.