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Old 01-27-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Anyone read this article?

Family booted from plane over infant carrier - Travel - News - msnbc.com

I think it begs the question, if a seat is too small for an infant, how the he11 is it suitable for an adult passenger??
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: The Ranch
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It wasn't the seat, but the aisle. Thats why you often see a stack of carriers being gate checked at the entrance to the plane. It has to be narrow enough to fit in the aisle (safety issue). As anyone who flies the aisle and the seat width varies from plane to plane (and I don't think an online agent is going to know the measurements).

If she pulled the child out of the carrier, then everything would've been fine. But she probably went off on the airline staff and not some bull story about a camera & pictures.

I usually go to www.seatguru.com to get that type of info.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I'm sorry but this woman was willing to pay the price for the extra seats and was trying to make her children safe. Its the fault of whoever is building planes that they have airline approved car seats that don't fit, whether its because of the seat or how close together the row of seats, is no matter.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: The Ranch
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Its the fault of whoever is building planes
Actually not. The airlines pick the seat configurations when the order them.

I've flown on two identical planes which look the same on the outside, But the insides were totally different.

Probably only seat that will fit in all planes would need to be no wider than 14" edge to edge.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Actually not. The airlines pick the seat configurations when the order them.

I've flown on two identical planes which look the same on the outside, But the insides were totally different.

Probably only seat that will fit in all planes would need to be no wider than 14" edge to edge.
I was not aware of that then its the airlines fault. I have always thought it a dangerous thing to take a child on a plane and plan on carrying it on your lap.

Clearly its something that needs to be standardized.

Who knows how the woman was acting, I can't imagine being a single woman traveling with that man kids to begin with. What a nightmare.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: The Ranch
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Clearly its something that needs to be standardized.
The seating can't be standardized, but there are options if you know what to ask for. The options are to request a "Carrycot" or to bring an "Amsafe".
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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It was not the seat, the aisle, the size or anything else. It was a disruptive passenger. The captain after reveiwing the situation did not want her on the flight. It wasn't just over the child seat but her action towards other passnegers as well. The seat may have been the tea kettle, but she and she alone was the flame that boiled the water. the airline tried to make accomodations for her, other passenegrs who paid premium for their seats were willing to trade to shut her up, but she decided to esculate it to the point of getting the boot. Everything over seat size, aisles, standardization could have been resolved if she wanted it resolved. She wanted a fight and di everything to esculate the problem. She should have been booted off and charged with interfering with a flight crew. Throw her is jail overnight and upgrade the baby to first class.
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