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Airline Kicks Off ‘Cranky’ 3-Year-Old Boy

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An Alaska Airlines flight crew member inspects his MD-80 series passenger plane at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 1, 2000. (credit: GERARD BURKHART/AFP/Getty Images)

An Alaska Airlines flight crew member inspects his MD-80 series passenger plane at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 1, 2000. (credit: GERARD BURKHART/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A 3-year-old boy who refused to use his seat belt never got off the ground when he and his father boarded an Alaska Airlines flight at an airport in Seattle.

The pilot returned to the gate at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday and asked the father and the boy to get off.

Alaska Airlines says it was a matter of safety and the pilot would rather deal with it on the ground than in mid-flight.

The father, Mark Yanchak of Everett, told KIRO-FM the crew overreacted.

“He was crying, being cranky,” Yanchak told KIRO. “I started putting him in his seat. I put his seatbelt on. But he was being cranky, trying to be close to me, so he wasn’t fully fastened yet.”

The station reports that the airline offered to rebook the flight, but Yanchak refused.

“As soon as we got of the plane he was like, ‘Dad, no fly, go home, let’s go home,” Yankchak told KIRO. “I think the whole ordeal just scared him off. He didn’t want to fly again.”

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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