Flight Attendant Fired After Placing Baby in Overhead Bin

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on July 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

A game of hide-and-seek gone awry? If that’s the case, a flight attendant on a Virgin Blue flight from Fiji to Australia may have gotten carried away when he placed toddler, Riley, into an overhead bin and closed the latch. According to The Herald Sun, Virgin claims that Natalie Williamson’s husband was playing a game of peek-a-boo with the 17-month-old child involving the overhead bin when the flight attendant joined in.

Just enough room for a baby. [Image: Planes and Places/Flickr]

Said Ms. Williamson:

My husband, Shayne, was standing one metre behind my son…when the air steward picked him up and placed him in the overhead compartment. I stood up and there were people laughing and then I said ‘Get my son out of there now’. I was devastated. I was absolutely devastated. I was crying. My husband was in shock. For days on end I was crying.

Riley, now 20 months, has since been to see specialists to deal with anxiety and withdrawal issues from he is now suffering, according to his mom. After the incident, Ms. Williamson was approached by the manager on board and advised to file a complaint. After an investigation, the flight attendant was let go and Ms. Williamson was given free flights.

“The safety of our guests is our top priority and we do not tolerate any breaches of this. We have expressed our sincere apologies to the guest and have provided them with a credit for the full amount of the two return flights,” said a Virgin spokesperson.

Tags: Australia, baby, blue, Fiji, virgin

    1 Comment

  • Elin says:

    That’s a no-no, treat little Riley with respect. How could people laugh at something like that?


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