Asked to leave in the middle of the flight? Like they are going to give us parachutes and open a door?
Or do you mean to imply that a flight will be redirected to make an unscheduled stop just to remove a crying baby? I've never heard of either scenario. But it really doesn't matter.
As I pointed out, my kids travel well. I've flown with my each of my boys from the time DS1 was 8 weeks old until 3 years and lots of stages in-between and I have never ONCE thought, "Hmmmm, maybe I should bring some sedatives so that he sleeps on the flight/doesn't disturb other people on the plane, JUST IN CASE." And none of my kids have even cried inconsolably on a plane. A whimper here or there, then I figure out the problem, parent it and they are happy again. Is it hard work? Yes. Am I super tired by the end of the flight? Yep. But I'm not going to choose to give my child a medication that could potentially kill them.
The whole concept boggles me. It's ok to drug our kids to make things easier for us as parents? Why not just drug the baby to sleep so I can spend more quiet time at the library with the 3 year-old? He didn't take a very long nap today. Maybe I should give him some benedryl so I can get some sleep tonight. We could actually go see a movie if I could be assured the baby would sleep all the way through it. Hey, let's just give him some drugs and go catch the 6 o'clock show. My husband and I would LOVE to go to a fancy restaurant. I bet I could just drug the baby and he'll sleep the whole time. We get to eat a place with real tablecloths again and no one in the restaurant will have to worry about a crying baby.
Where does it stop? So many people seem so casual about this.
I have seen a perfectly healthy little girl turned into a wheelchair-bound, unable to speak, paralyzed little girl who died after a 3 year fight for her life. All because of one dose of Motrin and she had a terrible reaction. I think about that every single time I decide to give my children a medication. Are they in so much pain that the risk is worth it? We act like these medications are just like candy. No harm, no foul. They have risks. And I could NOT live with myself for casually giving my baby a medication he didn't need for the simple reason of convenience to me.
I do think it is absolutely something to be used judiciously.