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iPad Tantrum Gets Family Thrown Off Plane

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Last week, we worried over the effect that technology might be having on children (we also looked at detergent packs; those are definitely toxic). Younger and younger children are using iPads (AAPL) and other tablets, and that’s either great or terrible for the future.

On the one hand, iPads and other touch screen devices help kids learn. On the other, we don’t really know what they do to the brain, and there’s a possibility that they’re addictive.

Here’s something for the cons column: Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that a family was thrown off an airplane thanks to their three year old’s temper tantrum.

The reason for the tantrum? Someone took away his iPad.

Mark Yanchek and his family were on an Alaska Airlines (ALK) flight headed to St. Martin’s from Seattle when their child started screaming and writhing in his seat. Yanchek told a local radio station that the kid was squirming around and was not fully buckled in. After a little bit, Yanchek’s wife managed to comfort the child.

However, flight attendants still asked the Yancheks to get off the plane. They offered to book the family on a later flight but, distraught, they declined. According to Mr. Yanchek, his three-year-old -- the cause of the trouble -- told him that he didn’t want to fly, and to go home instead.

On their end, the airline told reporters that the child’s behavior seemed dangerous and caused concerns for his safety. Especially galling was “the fact that the child repeatedly laid across the seat with the seat belt at his throat.”

The tantrum supposedly started after the young boy was asked to give up his iPad. Of course, kids crying on airplanes isn’t exactly a new thing and so he could have been upset about any number of things.

Then again, this isn’t the first report of a child becoming irrationally upset when asked to give up his iPad. Back in February, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue worried about his six-year-old’s bizarre behavior when asked to give up the device, and suggested that the child might be an addict.

Still, in this case, it might just have been fear of flying.
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