Toddler Pees in Airplane Seat After Flight Attendant Forbids Her from Using the Bathroom
byKaitlin StanfordJun 17, 2014
Taking a toddler on a plane is no easy feat. But when said toddler has to go potty really really bad, and the flight attendant says "nope"? Well, that's just a recipe for disaster.
Such was the predicament Massachusetts mom Jennifer Deveraux was in after her Boston-bound JetBlue flight from New York's JFK airport was delayed 30 minutes last Monday. Usually a delay of that length is no big deal — at least, if you're sitting comfortably in the airport waiting room. Except in this case, Deveraux's flight was already on the tarmac when the pilot announced the hold-up and she had a 3-year-old who had to go pee.
After waiting nearly a full half-hour, Deveraux's toddler Summers started fidgeting and crying. According to Mom, a flight attendant yelled at her when she tried to get up to bring her to the bathroom. (Apparently, that's against FAA rules.)
The results? Little Summers peed right there in her seat.
Struggling to clean the mess up, Deveraux says she was then again yelled at by the flight attendant for getting up — at which point, the frantic mom let her have it.
"I said, 'Please give me a break,'" she later told CBS Local. "My daughter had an accident because you wouldn't let me take her to the bathroom. After I clean it up, I will sit down.'"
Unfortunately, the flight attendant still wasn't seeing it her way and reported the matter to the pilot, who then got over the loudspeaker to say that they would be turning the plane around, to deliver a "non-compliant passenger" to security. (Nightmare!)
Deveraux did have one spot of good luck in all of this: an off-duty pilot just happened to be seated nearby, watching the whole thing go down. He convinced the crew to let her stay, and the flight took off shortly after.
But as you might suspect, Deveraux wasn't about to just let the whole matter go without saying something to JetBlue. The mom of two says she called up JetBlue to complain — and was offered only a $50 gift card for her troubles. Now that Deveraux's flight fiasco has gone viral, though, the airline says it's investigating the incident.