Dad slams flight attendant for refusing to let mum put baby in empty plane seat

An outraged dad has criticised a flight attendant after they refused to let his baby sit in the empty seat next to his wife while flying.

Matt Tolburt reported that his wife was on an American Airlines flight when the incident occurred.

Matt’s spouse needed to pump breastmilk for their young child to eat – and thankfully there was an empty seat beside her.

The mum put her baby in the spare seat while she gathered her things and got on with the task at hand, reports the Sun.

Unfortunately, a flight attendant apparently told her that she wasn’t allowed to use the spare chair and would need to hold the baby – who was four-months-old – at the same time as pumping.

Her husband, Matt, took to Twitter to seethe at the airline claiming they did so because she hadn’t paid for the seat even though it remained vacant during the flight.

He added that the seatbelt sign was off so they didn’t need to be strapped in.

He also claimed that the flight crew were rude as well as blunt when dealing with the situation.

Matt said: "Did AA1592 flight attendants get bad news today?

"Did they have to be blunt & rude to my wife who placed our 4 month old son on an empty seat next to her while she was pumping, demanding she hold him because she hadn’t paid for the empty seat?

"Flight was in the air, seatbelt sign was off and the seat next to her was empty.

"Flight attendant came through and told her off for placing him on the seat while she pumped… she had to hold him."

American Airlines replied to Matt and said: “Rudeness has no place in one’s travels, and we’re sorry if a different impression has been made. DM your record locator and any details.”

However, in the comments, lots of people chimed in to say that placing the baby in an empty seat could be dangerous.

One person wrote: “No car seat? She must hold the baby. Turbulence, air pockets, in the blink if an eye, your baby can hit the ceiling and be severely injured.

“If something did happen you'd be first in line to sue.”

While another added: “Perhaps a safety issue in event of sudden turbulence? Flying baby?”

Other Twitter users asked why he couldn’t hold the baby if he was travelling with her – though Matt didn’t specify if he had joined her on the flight.

The American Airlines website states: “Infants under two years old can travel at no charge in the lap of their parent (any age), or an accompanying adult 16 years or older traveling in the same cabin.

“If your infant will travel in their own seat, you must buy a ticket.

"The infant must either travel in a safety seat approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or be able to sit upright in their seat without assistance and have their seatbelt securely fastened during taxi, takeoff, landing and whenever the 'fasten seatbelt' sign is on.”

Daily Star has contacted American Airlines for comment.


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