A Boston-bound flight is now the latest in a string of troubled airline stories. A woman travelling on United Airlines from Hawaii was forced to sit with her 25-pound son on her lap for a three and a half hour flight from Houston to Boston, Hawaii News Now reported.
The incident comes about two months after a family from California was kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight. The parents said they were told they could be put in jail after refusing to put their toddler on their lap to make way for a standby passenger. A video of a United passenger who was dragged off a plane in Chicago went viral in April. And in March, United faced public outrage for barring two girls from boarding a plane in leggings.
On June 29, Shirely Yamauchi, a Hawaii middle school teacher and a director of the state’s teacher association , says she was made to sit with her two-year-old son Taizo on her lap despite having paid almost $1,000 for his own ticket. She told the station she was headed to Boston for a teacher’s conference. She said that a man had told her he’d gotten the seat her son was sitting in on standby, and when she appealed to a flight attendent, the employee shrugged and walked away. She sat through the flight losing feeling in her legs and one arm, afraid of complaining further due to stories she’d heard about the airline.