Friday, February 17, 2012

Passenger Accomodates Mother of Screaming Brat - Is Fined For The Effort

Flier near crying child opens emergency exit for mom

Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

Having your child throw a tantrum is probably one of the top fears of any parent flying with his or her kids. And sitting near such a child is likely one of the most dreaded annoyances of other passengers.

But the way passengers chose to handle such a situation on a Vietnam flight probably wasn't the best way to go.

The Associated Press has the report, writing:

A mom with a screaming child wanted a quick getaway from a plane on the tarmac in Vietnam and asked for help. The man next to her obliged by opening the emergency exit and triggering the escape slide.

The man – identified by AP as 29-year-old Le Van Thuan – told local authorities he activated the slide so that the woman and her son could get off the plane faster.

However, neither the mom – nor the man – took advantage of the option for a quick getaway. It wasn't clear if that was because the crew intervened or if it was simply because they had second thoughts.

Either way, the man now faces penalties for the move.

An airport official tells AP that the passenger will be fined up to $950. AP adds it will cost the unnamed airline $10,000 to replace the slide. The report didn't make clear whether the man would be responsible for that charge, as well.

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