Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dad threatened with jail after he refuses to give up toddler's seat on overbooked flight

Latest debacle for a US airline

Dad is captured in eight-minute video which was posted on YouTube
Dad is captured in eight-minute video which was posted on YouTube
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A father from California was threatened with jail when he refused to leave an overbooked flight in Hawaii last week.

An eight-minute long video has emerged on YouTube showing the latest debacle for a US airline.

A Delta Airlines staff member can be heard in the video saying; "Then that’s going to be a federal offense and you and your wife will be in jail and your kids."

Brian Schear can be heard replying; "We’re going to be in jail? And my kids are going to be in what?"

The argument kicked off when the airline wanted to give the extra seat Schear had originally purchased for his son - who caught an earlier flight home - to a standby passenger.

But the family insisted on keeping the seat for one of their two toddlers, who would be placed in a car seat.

The staff member argued that the plan was against Federal Aviation Administration rules.

"He can’t occupy a seat because he’s 2 years or younger. That’s FAA regulations. This plane will not go anywhere until you guys choose to go. I’m just trying to help you," she said.

Schear replied; "Trying to help us would’ve been not overselling the flight and not trying to force us to get him out of that seat that I paid for and holding this whole plane up. So what are we supposed to do? I’ve got two infants, nowhere to stay, there’s no more flights. What are we supposed to do? Sleep in the airport?"

The family eventually got off the plane and booked another flight for the following day, according to US reports.

"The bottom line is, they oversold the flight," the dad-of-three said afterwards.

He said he did not want his money back, but would appreciate an apology from the airline.

In a statement to CBS, Delta Airlines wrote; " 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."

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