How to avoid getting booted off an airplane

Earlier this month, Wendy Slaughter, her four young kids and her pregnant sister were scheduled to fly on Southwest Airlines from Detroit to Seattle via Phoenix.

They got as far as Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. That’s where airport police met the flight and informed Slaughter that Southwest had deemed her family’s onboard behavior too disruptive to fly. Citing concern for the children, other passengers and the flight crew, the airline refused to let the family board their connecting flight.

Find out why they got booted and get tips on how to avoid getting booted in my Well-Mannered Traveler column posted this week on

(Column illustration by the very talented Duane Hoffman,

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One thought on “How to avoid getting booted off an airplane

  1. Debbie says:

    Great article!

    I agree, a little advance preparation goes a long way. Everyone knows that kids don’t always do as they’re told, a first plane flight is so exciting that most kids are willing to cooperate if they know what they’re expected to do (and if you have something interesting for them to do on the flight)


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