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03-06-2011, 03:44 PM
Overheard locker tot outrage
Tony Sheahan From: Sunday Herald
Sun March 06, 2011 12:00AM


Angry mum Natalie Williamson with her son Riley. Source: Herald Sun

VIRGIN Blue has sacked a male flight attendant and offered an angry mother free flights after her toddler was put in an overhead locker.

Natalie Williamson claims she, her 17-month-old son, Riley, and her now estranged husband were on a Virgin flight from Fiji to Sydney, when the flight attendant picked up Riley, placed him in the locker and closed the latch.

Virgin has admitted an incident did take place, but claims Ms Williamson's husband was playing a peek-a-boo game with Riley involving the overhead compartment when the flight attendant joined in.

"We conducted a thorough investigation of the incident and the staff member involved was subsequently terminated," a Virgin spokeswoman said.

The airline offered Ms Williamson three free flights, but the mother has said she is too shaken by the mid-air experience to redeem them.

"My husband, Shayne, was standing one metre behind my son, Riley, when the air steward picked him up and placed him in the overhead compartment," she said.

"I stood up and there were people laughing and then I said 'Get my son out of there now'," she told the Sunday Herald Sun.

"I was devastated. I was absolutely devastated.

"I was crying. My husband was in shock. For days on end I was crying."

Ms Williamson said Riley was locked in the compartment for up to 10 seconds in complete darkness.

"The manager on board came up to me later and said: 'I need you to complain, I need you to do something. Write or ring. Do whatever you can'," she said.

Ms Williamson said Riley, now 20 months, had seen various specialists since the incident after suffering from anxiety and withdrawal.

"He won't leave my sight now. He sleeps with me. If I'm not in the same room as him, he will scream and yell 'Mum, mum, mum'," she said.

Virgin said they took the incident seriously and had dismissed the flight attendant.

"The safety of our guests is our top priority and we do not tolerate any breaches of this," a spokeswoman said.

"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."


03-06-2011, 04:03 PM
To give this thing a good "DC" spin, compare the comments there to HuffingtonPost:



We seem to have a lot of drama-queen moms in America. One Aussie got my dander up:

Mark Jacobson of Melbourne Posted at 8:02 AM March 06, 2011
you would think she is American,obviously just wants a quick lawsuit for some quick cash. i highly doubt the child even cares, you made someone lose their job. hope your happy. your child was probably being a brat. the flight attendant was probably trying to play a long with your estranged husbands peek a boo game and keep your child quiet. oh and all the talk of professional help and refusing free tickets just leads everyone to believe your over exaggerating , people have got to stop searching for quick cash for the smallest issues. the airline has been more than generous with its offer.

Comment 22 of 89

HEY! :grr:

... er, except that he's apparently right.

03-06-2011, 04:09 PM
Yeah, well we Americans can't just have sex with kangaroos and take a few weeks off for beach time when things like this happen.

That'll show'em

03-06-2011, 04:19 PM

03-06-2011, 06:28 PM
Im gonna have glass or two of Brunello di Montalcino '99 and ponder the feelings I should have about this.

I bought the wine while in Italy in 2001. Serving it with a great Italian Gravy to celebrate the completion of my income taxes for 2010.

03-06-2011, 10:56 PM
I agree with the poster from Melbourne.

Ever had a small child on an airplane for a long period of time....if they're not being entertained etc, they get bored and restless, and then many times start acting up and misbehaving.

The flight attendant didn't deserve to get fired...sounds like he was just playing along, which IMO there's nothing wrong with that. Some people need to get a fucking clue.

03-07-2011, 02:25 AM
Whoa! Would not hit it.

I really could have done without the visual.

03-07-2011, 07:05 AM
"I was crying. My husband was in shock. For days on end I was crying."

Seriously? Take a frigging anti-depressant. And go ahead and get your kid to a counselor now. Not for the incident, but for the pussification you are probably going to do to him.