A couple and their four children, who tried to fly with only three tickets, were chased off the plane by US Airways flight attendants.
The parents had bought a ticket for their 3-year-old son, but not for their 20-month-old twins or 8-month-old baby. They planned to place a baby in the same place as their three-year-old and each to hold a child in his lap.
Cathy and Jason Fix and their children boarded a US Airways flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Chicago to visit grandparents at Christmas.
Fickes had bought three tickets and managed to make his way past the desk and through a security check with his four children.
After boarding the plane, the flight attendant told them that it would not be possible to travel as planned because there were not enough oxygen masks to go around.
Katie Fikis told ABC 7: “I felt we were being discriminated against because we had too many children in their eyes.”
Jason Fikes added that they “detained the plane for 40 or 50 minutes” while the family moved seats and tried to accommodate the airline.
Eventually, the family was asked to leave the plane, although one passenger offered to pay for another ticket.
Only tickets for children over the age of two can be purchased on the US Airways website.
However, the sidebar allows you to add how many younger children will travel.
It is clear from the company that every child under the age of two must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18 if they share a place.
For domestic flights, a child under the age of two is allowed to travel free of charge on the lap of an paying adult.
The Federal Aviation Administration also states that there must be an oxygen mask for each flyer.
Michelle Moore, a spokeswoman for US Airways, told ABC 7: “The safety rules are such that you must have one child per adult.”
US Airways restored the family’s tickets.
The Fikes would be allowed to fly if they had bought a ticket for one of their children under the age of two while the child was traveling in a car seat.