Skip to comments.100 students ejected from NYC to Atlanta flight for being too rowdy
Posted on 06/05/2013 4:04:16 AM PDT by servo1969
A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones.
The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight around 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport.
AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away. The airline said that when some didn't comply, the captain repeated the request. When that didn't work, either, the whole group of students was ordered to disembark for safety reasons, the airline said.
The flight was delayed for about 45 minutes while the students filed out of the Boeing 737, which seats about 137 people, leaving the plane mostly empty.
Rabbi Seth Linfield, executive director at Yeshiva of Flatbush, said that administrators were still looking into the matter Tuesday, but that he believed adults on the trip who said the students weren't behaving that badly.
"Preliminarily, it does not appear that the action taken by the flight crew was justified," he said in a statement.
Asked whether he thought 100 teenagers were too many to keep in order on a flight, Linfield said the school has taken similar-size groups before without any problems.
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“Preliminarily, it does not appear that the action taken by the flight crew was justified,” he said in a statement.”
I’ll bet it was justified.
Was the in-flight movie “Soul Plane?”
Typical New Yorkers - Arrogant, self absorbed, stupid, egotistical. It’s all about me. And before anyone says all teenagers are like that, I flew from Atl to Seattle with about 100 teenages from several soccer teams several years ago. When I saw them I thought “Oh Crap.” But as it turned out they didn’t make any excessive noise and behaved quite well.
Today’s youth (the growing majority) know nothing about how to be respectful and understand that the situation is not about their minimal little concerns - but there are others that depend on order to get where they are going...life lesson one taught - I wonder how many of them get it?
I have been on a flight with people standing while the seat belt sign was on and the airplane was taxiing. The pilot hit the brakes and people went flying.
These punkass punks shouldn’t have been given anything other than a reroute and a stern warning. Shame on Airtran for rewarding their bad behavior.
And the offending students should have been the ones taken off and left to get to their destination on their own.
I probably wouldn’t want to be on a flight where 100 of the 137 seats were taken by high school seniors. A real potential for behavior not suitable for air travel.
I’ve recently been delayed because fellow passengers would not put their cellphones away. The other passengers were forced to wait while these bozos texted away. Very rude.
As far as I am concerned, if you are responsible for delaying a flight you need to get the boot.
Perhaps this will be the start of a new practice.
You are blissfully unaware of the irony in your post.
The Captain determines what is justified and what is not.
This is actually a developing trend in the New York area.
Wonder how much that flight cost Southwest?
sit down and shut the hell up
“Not misbehaving that badly” doesn’t mean squat if they aren’t putting their cell phones away.
You can buy cell phone zappers for not a lot of money. It’s illegal but surely they can create an exception for flight safety. They can; And don’t call me “Shirley”
Noo Yawkahs. They are the reason that so many people outside the USA have a bad opinion of Americans. I recently went on a two-week European cruise, and whenever I witnessed someone being rude, obnoxious, or petty during one of the tours, it was almost always a Noo Yawkah.
Living in FL, I come across these jerks often. They are always talking about how great Noo Yawk is and how nobody else knows how to do anything right. If I weren’t so polite, I’d ask them why they are here instead of in their beloved Rotten Apple.
Is the trend being ultra orthodox or orthodox behaving badly?
yeah just wait til the lawyers sue Southwest for this
The negative externalities of success.
I think I’ve heard your braying before. It was meaningless noise then. It’s meaningless noise now.
Thanks for confirming my observation. And for your rich contributions to the thread.
What are you guys on about?
I love Southwest Airlines. Good move.
I fly almost every week. When the door closes, the crew and pilot are in charge - of everything, including the safety of ALL 137 (or 143) passengers.
We always preferred to travel with Southwest. They were known in certain circles as having the highest concentration of former and retired Air Force pilots who preferred their business practice which is quite different from the others.
The lawyers involved will probably be disappointed to find that the pilots have an iron clad rules and regs case.
100 adult sized kids can go bad quickly.
They chose wimpy chaperons.
That unfortunate pilot picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.
As a noo yawkah, let me say, I think you should.
I hate their herd seating. But I like a lot of other things about SW. I prefer Delta.
“but that he believed adults on the trip who said the students weren’t behaving that badly.”
They were misbehaving...just not that badly. Apparently, the pilot disagreed.
My first thought when I read this was that it probably says more about the school than the airline.
I prefer assigned seats and the one-hop to my usual destination, neither of which SW has.
But for safety and efficiency SW. Plus their short notice fares.
I guess that's why no one from outside the United States ever visits New York City.
Apparently I offended this turkey in a previous thread, and he just can’t keep from violating the FR rules and continues the thread stalking.
I know the type. The rules are for other people, not them.
I'm confused...AirTran threw the kids off the plane. How was that a reward? Was it because they were still on the ground when they did it?
They put them on other flights, CL, rather than voiding their tickets. And they also gave them vouchers for a free flight in the future.
I would also point out that many of these teens pulled the victim card and blamed Southwest for being anti-Semitic (nice lashon hara guys), rather than taking responsibility for their own actions.
The adult chaperones said “the students weren’t behaving that badly.” I’m sure when you live with poor behavior 180 days in the year in the school, you don’t notice that bad behavior outside the school.
What happened to Hasidic modesty rules ? Or is that only applicable to a chaste physical appearance and not behavior ? The cell phones should simply have been confiscated....
The Hasidim average about six kids per couple!
If you don't get the "hint" after being told two or three times to shut up, sit down, buckle in and turn off the #($( phones you deserve to get tossed. On another thread the school was hinting that the pilot tossed the students because of antisemitism, as if the pilot would have allowed a hundred Episcopalians to run around and use their cell phones during takeoff.
How long before someone accuses the flight crew of anti-Semitism?
Sounds like a comedy skit
Oh, I get it now. Thanks! I agree, they should have just voided the tix. And refuse to sell them new ones unless they agree to split up into a bunch of smaller groups. The only problem I see is the possibility of stranding minors.
The cell phones rules are for the goyim.
IF the story is correct and it is THE “Yeshiva of Flatbush”, it is definitely NOT ‘ultra-orthodox’ (whatever that means). This would be ‘Modern Orthodox’, as liberal as can be and still claim to be ‘orthodox’.
Officially, it never changes.
But in reality, it is getting very interesting very quickly.
Despite the Monsey/New Square experiment.