Target: United Airlines
Goal: Show only family-friendly movies on airline flights.
A family was recently kicked off of a United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore due to their request that a PG-13 movie be turned off of the monitor in front of their young sons, ages 4 and 8. According to The Atlantic, the parents were not loud or disruptive in their request, but they were concerned when the flight attendant said there was no way to turn off the monitor in front of their seats. No threats were made, and the family simply did their best to occupy their children, to keep them from watching the violent movie that was on the screen. However, the captain thereafter declared that the flight was making a stop in Chicago, due to “security concerns.” When the plane landed the family was questioned by law enforcement and placed on another flight.
A family concerned about the images its young children are exposed to is hardly a security risk on a flight. The family strongly feels that the captain overacted, and that there should be a way to control the videos shown on the monitor nearest you during your flight. Young children should not view movies that are not age-appropriate, especially without the consent of their parents. Airlines should not be allowed to show PG-13 movies on flights without first ensuring all of its patrons are 13 years of age or older, or without the consent of the parents of children under the age of 13 on the flight. Urge United Airlines, and others, to show only family-friendly movies on their flights, unless they agree to abide by the aforementioned rule in accordance with the rating system put in place by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Dear United Airlines Staff,
Recently a family was removed from one of your flights from Denver to Baltimore for requesting that a PG-13 movie not be viewable by their young children, ages 4 and 8. The family was then questioned by law enforcement officials and forced to board a different flight. This was an unnecessary overreaction and inconvenience to a family who was simply trying to protect their children from viewing violent images on the screen. There needs to be a way to control what movies children see on flights.
United Airlines should not show PG-13 movies on a flight unless you can ensure that all patrons are over the age of 13, or you can acquire the consent of the parents of children under the age of 13 on the flight. If consent is not given, there should, at the very least, be a way to turn off nearby monitors, or a family-friendly movie should be shown that is age-appropriate for all patrons on the flight.
[Your Name Here]
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