Debbie Hartman and Trisha Baker, sisters kicked off Allegiant Air flight miss seeing dying dad. Did an airliner go too far in deeming two sisters a threat?
Debbie Hartman and Trisha Baker have laid scorn at domestic air carrier Allegiant Air after the airliner caused them to miss seeing their dying father, after deeming the sisters a ‘threat’.
The sisters were traveling from Florida to North Carolina on Monday to see their dying dad when Baker received a text message saying that he may not have much time left, according to WKMG.
Told Baker: ‘I didn’t know if my sister was getting the same text and (I) was I thinking, ‘I need to go back and tell her.”
After making her way over to her sister just prior to take off, a flight attendant reproached the sisters for failing to follow safety protocol.
Reiterated Baker: ‘She said, ‘You need to sit down’ and I said, ‘Well, can I just sit here? I just want to console my sister. We just got word that my dad’s dying’.
As Baker exchanged words with the flight attendant, her sister suffered a panic attack.
According to Hartman, Baker in turn told the flight attendant, ‘You’re being very rude. My father is dying, and I’m comforting her.’
‘They said she needed to keep her personal problems off the plane,‘ Hartman continued.
Adding: ‘They told us we were a threat to the flight. I couldn’t believe it.’
At this point the flight attendant went to see the captain which led to the plane being turned around and returned to the terminal.
But it gets better.
Security then boarded the plane and escorted the sisters off the flight.
‘People were like “what’s going on?”‘ Hartman said.
A few hours later, their father had passed away. The sisters did not get a chance to say goodbye.
‘I would like to see them in some way be punished in a way where people understand. This is not humane. One hundred thousand percent I blame them. They were the gate between keeping me from my father to say goodbye,’ Hartman said.
Allegiant could not be immediately reached for comment, but said in a statement to WKMG that ‘we rely on our crew members to provide and oversee a safe environment for every passenger, on every flight.’
‘We expect that authority to be exercised both judiciously and consistently, with empathy and with good judgment,’ the statement read. ‘We take this customer feedback seriously and are in the process of conducting an investigation into what occurred.’
Hartman said that she would expect the people responsible to be ‘punished.’
Adding: ‘This is not humane,’
‘One-hundred thousand percent I blame them. They were the gate between keeping me from my father to say goodbye.’
What do you think? Could Allegiant Air have exercised more discretion and attempt to understand what Debbie Hartman and Trisha Baker were going through, or is it a situation that no airliner’s safety and traveling protocol be subjected to the diabolics of traveler’s ‘personal’ problems?