BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel (PIX11) – A family was ejected from a flight leaving Israel because of their crying toddler on Thursday, with security walking them off to meet police, according to reports.
Ariella and Mark Aziz were traveling with their 19-month-old daughter, Sarina, back home to London from Israel on a packed TransAvia flight that was already running behind schedule.
The parents had purchased a separate seat for their toddler, but flight staff insisted it was policy for children to sit in their guardian’s lap, according to The Daily Mail. Sarina struggled when she was restrained by the connector belt for children under 2 years old.
“I was simply trying to restrain our daughter,” her father told Daily Mail. “I had actually purchased a seat for her to sit in, and she was very happy in that and belted in correctly … we said we were happy to go along with (moving her) and were in no way argumentative … All we were doing was asking the cabin crew what we can do, and asking for help.”
Sarina was very upset and vomited on her father. Still, Mark said the flight staff had “no sympathy.” Mark Aziz said told the Daily Mail that one attendant “was standing over me, shouting and it felt like he was trying to provoke me. I felt very threatened.”
The flight staff then made the decision to alert the pilot, who alerted police and turned the plane back to Ben Gurion. Israeli police removed the family from the plane.
Sarina’s mother Ariella told Jewish News Online “It was like a terrorist incident, I couldn’t believe it. The next thing you know, we’re all in squad cars heading back to Ben Gurion.”
“The dad got up as the plane was taxiing and the air stewardesses went mad,” passenger Robin Morgan told Daily Mirror. “The plane suddenly did an emergency stop and everyone was screaming. People were talking about the German Wings flight; it really put people on edge. There were no apologies afterwards from them. The joke of an airline should should not be running family flights if they can’t deal with crying babies.”
A TransAvia representative told the Daily Mail: “It is very important that flight safety instructions are followed by all our passengers. It was unfortunate that the child was ill, but even then the flight safety rules must be followed. Safety of our passengers and crew is our first and most important priority.”