Let’s be honest, crying kids on planes aren’t always the greatest.  And let’s not forget, they’re children. And while they might be annoying on a plane sometimes, there’s not much you can do about it, so you got to suck it up and realize that you probably did the same thing when you were a kid and, when you have one, they’ll be annoying too. Kids on planes are a fact of life.

So I was shocked this morning when I read the story of the Sarah Blackwood, the lead singer of Walk off the Earth was booted from a United flight because her nearly two-year-old child was disruptive.

In an interview with Global News, Blackwood, who is also seven-months pregnant, “He was crying and squirming. I was holding him down on my lap.” Apparantley the staff asked her to calm the child down, but have they ever met a child?  How do you calm them down on a plane, a tired kid is a tired kid.  Jeez.  Blackwood added that she was embarrassed, “I was in tears,” she told Global news.

The flight was on United Airlines flight 6223 from San Francisco bound for Vancouver. While the plane was still taxiing, it suddenly returned to the gate and she was asked to leave.
Blackwood says that at this point, the child was already asleep.

Once they left the plane, they recoreded what happened next:

Even the United employee seems to be baffled that she was booted from the flight because of a crying child.

In a statement to CTV, the airline said: “While our crews work to make travelling safe and comfortable for all travellers, particularly families, the crew made the appropriate decision to return to the gate in the interest of safety.”

Blackwood was eventually allowed on another flight and made it to Vancouver safely.

The band, known for their social media humour and good spirit, showed that they could still be fun in the middle of a ridiculous situation:

Miss Sarah Blackwood, overcoming the impossible as usual.Next Show, Vancouver!Come see us in a city near you: www.walkofftheearth.com/events

Posted by Walk Off The Earth on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

And while it seems so shocking to me that United’s only course of action was to kick her off the plane, some people seem to support the airline’s decision:

Yikes.

Admittedly, I am a bit biased. I met Sarah a few years ago at the Junos, when she was pregnant with her first child and it was one of the best interviews of my life. I can’t imagine someone as kind as she getting kicked off a plane.

And in happier news, their newest video Rule The World just crossed over three million views! So congrats to them on that! I think it’s safe to say that they won’t be singing the praises of United Airlines anytime soon!

So what do you think about the situation. Have you ever seen a kid being kicked off of a plane before?


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Mike Morrison

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