Brian and Brittany Schear were traveling home from a family vacation in Hawaii when an official told them they had to give up their 2-year-old son's paid-for seat or risk jail time.
They were on a midnight Delta flight from Hawaii when the incident occurred and it forced them to spend $2,000 on a hotel room and new plane tickets!!
When they traveled to Hawaii, they were on the flight with Brian's 18-year-old son, Mason, along with their two small children, aged 1 and 2.
Two-year-old Grayson did not have his own seat and the family struggled to keep him quiet and calm during the 5+ hour flight.
Luckily, a seat was open on that flight so they put Grayson there in his car seat so he could sleep.
On the flight back home, the family paid to send 18-year-old Mason on an earlier flight so they could use his seat on the later flight for Grayson.
But the flight the family was on was apparently overbooked and officials told the family they had to give up Grayson's seat and put him on a parent's lap.
They had to do this since Mason, the original passenger whose name was on the seat, was not on board (and they had apparently not changed the name on the ticket).
Brian was told that he had to give up the seat or he's going to jail, his wife will go to jail, and they'll take their kids away from them.
An official told them it was against federal regulations to even have Grayson in a car seat at all because he was too young.
However, this may not be true considering, Delta's website says, "We want you and your children to have the safest, most comfortable flight possible, for kids under the age of two, we recommend you purchase a seat on the aircraft and use an approved child safety seat."
Eventually, Brian said they would put Grayson on their lap, but it was too late, and officials kicked them off the plane.
When they got off the plane, they saw 4 or 5 passengers waiting for their seat!
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a statement in response to the incident.
The agency noted the official was wrong to claim the 2-year-old should not be seated in a carrier but added they do not control what airlines do in cases of overbooking.