Frontier Airline throws Atlanta man off plane for not keeping ‘nervous’ 2-year-old buckled in her own seat

An Atlanta man and his toddler were forced off a plane because the child didn’t want to sit in their seat and be on their father’s lap.

Chrisean Rose told WSB-TV2 that he bought tickets for three flights to take his daughter to Disney World in Orlando and back home, and the 25-month-old sat on his lap on each flight. However, a flight attendant on his Frontier Airlines flight home protested his daughter Rayana sitting on top of him.

Chrisean Rose and his daughter Rayana pose for a photo on their father-daughter journey. (Instagram/ Chrisean Rose)

Rose said the flight attendant threatened to have him arrested while he held his daughter.

“They will arrest you; I’ll tell you in a moment,’ a flight attendant said to Rose.

Rose, a well-known photographer, said he never expected the “fabulous” father-daughter weekend to end up the way it did. He said he bought a ticket for his daughter as required by the airlines. Spirit Airlines had allowed Rayana to sit on his lap en route from Atlanta to Disney World. It was the 2-year-old’s first time flying and her father was trying to make her feel safe, he said.

“She is a small child; she is nervous. I explained to the flight attendant that it was our first time traveling and she was a little nervous,” Rose said.

However, the Frontier flight attendant insisted that Rose put Rayana in the seat he bought for her. When he couldn’t get her to sit, the flight attendant asked Rose to get out. The plane rolled. It returned to the gate. Everyone was lifted off the plane and Rose and his child had to disembark.

“It’s wrong of you to do that,” Rose said. “I’m just trying to comfort her so she doesn’t disturb people on this flight and that’s what you do.”

Rose found a return flight with Delta Air Lines, with Rayana sitting on his lap. After he filed a complaint, Frontier refunded him the flight.

Airline officials said the flight attendant was enforcing a Federal Aviation Administration policy.

“It is an FAA requirement that all passengers over the age of 24 months must be buckled in their own seat for takeoff and landing. The parent refused to comply and was therefore asked to leave the plane with the child,” Frontier Airlines said in a statement.

Rose said he understood there was a policy, but had hoped Frontier would have been accommodating.

“Babies don’t understand guidelines,” he said.

Rose said “the whole experience was beyond disheartening” and he will never fly Frontier again. He also said the airline refused to return her stroller.

“The cops who called them to ‘arrest’ me eventually defended me and demanded that they stop and take my stroller,” Rose wrote on Instagram.

“I didn’t think it had to be this far. I mean arrest for what? For a crying child?” Rose told WSB-TV 2. Frontier Airline throws Atlanta man off plane for not keeping ‘nervous’ 2-year-old buckled in her own seat

James Brien

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