NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — A local family says they were kicked off a plane because their son got sick.

Newport mom Yvette Kohan said she was running up the aisle of the plane with her 3-year-old son in her arms heading for the bathroom when it happened.

She said her son suffers from motion sickness like she does.

Two days later Kohan said she is still waiting for an explanation from Virgin Airlines over why they were kicked off a Virgin America flight over the weekend.

“As I’m walking out out the bathroom to hand him to my husband so I could clean myself up. My husband said ‘come on. We have to go. They’re kicking us off the plane,’ ” said Kohan.

Kohan said her youngest, Holden, was car-sick from the ride to the Maui airport and a flight attendant could have cared less.

“She was very rude. No compassion. No empathy,” said Kohan. “I was trying to clean him up and she was rolling her eyes and wondering why I let him get sick on the floor as if that was purposeful.”

The airline staff let the Kohans know that they had to leave the plane because their son was sick. They were stunned.

“How does someone throwing up automatically mean they get off the plane,” said Kohan. “What if I was pregnant and I was having morning sickness and I threw up. Would you kick me off the flight? They said yes by the way. And I asked them if a small child had been feeding on a bottle and reflux and if they threw up. Would they kick them off? And they said yes they would. I don’t believe that” said Kohan.

In order for Holden to fly on Virgin, the flight crew told the parents he’d need something called a fit to fly certificate from a doctor. The Kohans, who are both attorneys, pressed Virgin for documented rules and they said they got none. After nearly an hour of wrangling, a shocked and angry Yvette Kohan put her son into a taxi, went to the closest emergency room and Holden was cleared to fly.

“I would recommend any family. Anybody. But especially anyone with kids. Just stay away from them. I think they are horrible,” said Kohan.

The Kohans ended up flying back to LAX on United Airlines. Virgin did refund the price of the tickets and also offered the family another $800, which they refused.

Virgin responded with this statement:

“Per standard process in the event of a guest medical event, the flight crew on Virgin America Flight 1122 contacted Medlink and they determined that the child needed to be symptom free for two hours before flying. The family was not able to depart on their original flight but were able rebook when their child was feeling better and was symptom free. We take the safety of our guests very seriously and acted out of an abundance of caution.”

Comments (19)
  1. Gordon Haave says:

    “Kohan said her youngest, Holden, was car-sick from the ride to the Maui airport and a flight attendant could have cared less.”

    Just exactly how much less could she have cared, and, why didn’t she care less?

  2. Russ Napper says:

    As a Capt. with a major airline, I have done the same. I observed a child of about 10 throwing up in a trash can in the waiting area. I denied boarding for the child. It’s not about a couple of self centered parents who believe their little one is perfect, but about all the other 150 passengers on that plane. Their well being is also my responsibility. The parents say it is motion sickness, but the crews are not doctors and thus must error on the side of safety for all. Here is a what if: what if that child had started to throw up at 35,000 ft. and had choked, who would have helped and who would they have blamed for being away from immediate care.

  3. “The Kohans, who are both attorneys…”
    Of course they are.

  4. Elisi Newell says:

    But yet a person sitting next to me can throw up all over herself and me, yet she gets to keep flying while we have to smell her alcohol induced throw up. They will let a drunk fly but not a child. I would have much preferred a child puking on me than a drunk!

  5. Lilith Whyte says:

    Notice the pic of the kid that suffers from “motion sickness” on a water slide?

  6. NIce to smell puke the entire 6+ hour flight. Sympathies to all invovled.

  7. The lawyer parents may try to milk the airline for a monetary settlement but I can’t fault airline personnel for taking the reasonable safety precaution of having their sick and vomiting child removed from the flight.

  8. And this is newsworthy, why?

  9. Sally Jones says:

    Elisi Newell, I read your comment. Were you already in the air when someone threw up next to you?
    What we have here is people who are so self-absorbed that they are completely oblivious to the feelings of every other passenger on the plane. Vomiting can cause others to vomit and an extremely unpleasant chain reaction can occur. Most adults are aware of this possibility, apparently attorneys are not.

  10. Yeah, the comfort of the other 150 passengers on the plane is obviously not more important than these entitled parents and vomiting child. Even if the kid didn’t have a communicable disease, why should everyone on the plane have to put up with that? Clean air on an airplane is hard enough to come buy without vomit wafting through the cabin.

  11. Ray Sharradh says:

    All airlines have a medical service they contract with, and this would be SOP at any airline. The airline has HUGE liability potential in boarding and flying a passenger who appears to be ill. What if it wasn’t motion sickness? What if it was influenza or some other communicable disease? What if the child’s condition deteriorated further? I’m sure the parents knew what it was, but for their liability exposure, the airlines will always have to err on the side of caution.

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