A JetBlue spokesman, Sebastian White, told Reuters that the airline “reached out directly to the customer to offer an apology for her experience.” JetBlue also offered the family a $50 credit and offered to donate $5,000 to a charity of the family’s choice, according to WPIX of New Jersey.
Jennifer Devereaux, the girl’s mother, says she’s appreciative of JetBlue’s apology, which came in a call from a woman representing the carrier.
“She said, ‘I am a mom, too. I understand what you going through and I am so sorry this happened to you,'” Devereaux told CNN about the call she received from JetBlue, according to WPIX. “I didn’t care about a voucher. That kind of stuff doesn’t matter to me. But I did want an apology for my family because we really felt we were mistreated and felt awful about.”
As for JetBlue, the carrier was in a difficult spot regarding the girl’s bathroom request. The Boston-bound flight had pulled away from its gate at JFK but then was held in an active tarmac area while awaiting clearance to proceed toward takeoff. The girl waited for about a half hour before “going” in her seat, according to media reports.
Federal Aviation Administration regulations forbid airlines from letting passengers get up from their seats while planes are on the taxiway. The rule is a safety regulation aimed at preventing injuries in the event of a sudden movement by the aircraft.
“The crew made a safety and FAA regulation-based decision,” the airline tells Reuters about why the girl wasn’t allowed to proceed to the lavatory during the delay.
In my opinion, if a flight is delayed then the flight crew should ask if there are any passengers who must immediately use the restroom. This should be done prior to leaving the gate. Of course, the crew should stress that it must be in the case that someone cannot wait and risk causing a toxic hazard. Adults can typically hold their urge to urinate but children, especially a 3-year old, cannot wait like an adult can.
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