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Family tossed off plane after child's tantrum

Dr. Mordecai Stolk, his wife Dr. Colette Vieau, and the couple's children during Monday's appearance on Today. Dr. Mordecai Stolk, his wife Dr. Colette Vieau, and the couple's children during Monday's appearance on Today.

(WMC-TV) – When a child throws a temper tantrum on a plane, it can be frustrating for the parents and the other passengers. Last month, one flight crew removed a family from a flight because their two-year-old daughter wouldn't calm down.

Dr. Colette Vieau and her family expected an uneventful flight home from vacation, but when their daughter acted up, their travel plans hit some turbulence.

"She started throwing the tantrum of her life," Dr. Colette Vieau told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. "Didn't want to be seated. Didn't want the seatbelt on. My husband was trying to control her, the flight is trying to leave. We were told again, you need to comply with FAA regulations, have your daughter seated with her seatbelt fastened."

Vieau said between three and five minutes passed from the time Natalie's tantrum started until her parents were able to get her settled down and buckled into her seat.

But by then it was too late.

"(The flight attendant) said 'The pilot's made the decision to turn the plane around,'" Vieau said. "We were escorted off the plane. No more flights were leaving that night so we had nowhere to stay. We rebooked on another flight the next day."

In a statement, Jetblue said, in part, the flight "had customers that did not comply with crew-member instructions for a prolonged time period. The captain elected to remove the customers involved for the safety of all customers and crew-members on board."

But Vieau wasn't pleased by the airline's response.

"We weren't belligerent, drunk, angry, screaming, you know, we just -- we're having a hard time struggling with our children," she said. "A little bit of humanity in the situation was really all I was looking for and apparently that doesn't exist."

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