A California family says they were forced off of an overbooked Delta flight and threatened with jail time last week after refusing to give up a seat one of their young children was sitting in.
In video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Brian Schear of Huntington Beach is seen arguing with airline staff after he's asked to relinquish a seat that he says he purchased for one of his kids.
"I bought the seat and you need to just leave us alone," Schear says in the cellphone video. "I'm not trying to cause a problem, but I believe in standing up for what's right."
Schear, speaking to KABC News, said that he, his wife and two of their three children were traveling on a red-eye flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles. They'd bought the seat in question for their oldest child, 18-year-old Mason Schear, who ended up flying home a day earlier than the rest of the family. Schear put his 2-year-old son in Mason's seat instead. Upon learning that Mason wasn't present, the airline ordered Schear to surrender the seat or be carted off to jail.
The video appears to capture this threat, with a woman off-camera telling Schear that after he and his wife are jailed, their kids would be placed in foster care.
"You have to give up the seat or you're going to jail, your wife is going to jail and they'll take your kids from you," Schear said the airline staff told him, according to KABC.