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Antsy Toddler Kicked Off Alaska Airlines Flight At Seattle Airport

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Mark Yanchuck, the father of the toddler kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight, says his son Daniel was being fussy, but was wearing his seat belt. “He was cranky. He was trying to get out. The seat belt was on him, but he was trying to get out and I was holding him down,” Yanchuck told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

Yanchuck and his wife were eventually able to quiet Daniel with a pacifier and some water, but by then the plane was already returning to the gate, reports MyNorthwest.com. Yanchuck tried to stay on the plane, telling crew his son was now quiet, but he was asked to leave anyway.

“I thought we were treated like criminals,” Svetlana Yanchuck told KIRO.

Alaska offered the family tickets on a later flight, but they declined.

From AP:
SEATTLE — A 3-year-old boy who refused to use his seatbelt never got off the ground when he and his father boarded an Alaska Airlines flight at an airport in Seattle.

The pilot returned to the gate at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday and asked the father and the boy to get off.

Alaska Airlines says it was a matter of safety and the pilot would rather deal with it on the ground than in mid-flight.

The father, Mark Yanchak of Everett, told KIRO-FM ( ) the crew overreacted. http://is.gd/CxbZIF

Alaska Airlines says it was a matter of safety and the pilot would rather deal with it on the ground than in mid-flight.

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