"Bye Bye Plane" repeatly uttered by a 19 month old frustrated a stewardess enough to eject mom and baby from a Contential Express plane. According to Kate Penland from sububaran Atlanta, the stewardess requested that she medicate her 19 month old with Benadryl to keep him quiet. Before making the request Penland stated that the stewardess leaned over the passenger seated next to her and said, 'It's not funny anymore. You need to shut your baby up". Penland said she asked the stewardess if she was kidding and the stewardess stated, "You know, it's called baby Benadryl."
Penland refused. Fellow passengers defended Penland and her baby stating they were bothering anyone; however, the stewardess announced that they would be turning around and the two would be removed from the plane. Penland said she learned later that the stewardess had told the pilot that she (Penland) had threatened her. Based on that statement the pilot decided to turn the plane around and remove Penland from the flight. Penland said she became distraught when she was told that she and her baby would be removed from the flight. There had been an 11 hour delay before she boarded the plan, and she had exhausted her supply of pampers, milk and juice.
Passengers have stated that their was no threat made. Penland told the stewardess, "Well, I'm not going to drug my child so you have a pleasant flight". An investigation is pending according to Express Jet.
What is this country coming to? Studies have shown that our children are over medicated as it is. Why should a stewardess have the power to dictate that a child be medicated? Would you have medicated your child? I certainly would not have medicated mine. I would have made attempts to distract him with a toy or snack, but give him Benadryl to shut him up. What if they child had previous reactions to Benadryl? This stewardess had no knowledge of the baby's medical history; therefore, she had no right to make this request. What steps will you be taking to avoid being ejected from the plane for your child's utterances? Better think ahead! Let us know your thoughts and plans.
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