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Mum fuming after crew boot asthmatic boy, 2, off flight for not wearing mask
September 19, 2021
A two-year-old boy was shockingly kicked off an airplane for not wearing his mask properly despite suffering an asthma attack.
His mother, Amanda Pendarvis, took to Instagram to document their ordeal at the hands of the flight crew on American Airlines Flight 1284.
She sarcastically captioned the video with: "Thank you for your bravery, Carl on flight AA 1284… really took a stance and got this monster off the plane @Americanair."
The incident took place on a flight from Dallas to Colorado on September 13. There is currently a mask mandate in the US forcing everyone aged two or older to wear one on public transport unless eating, drinking or medically exempt.
American Airlines require passengers to apply for an exemption in advance, but young Waylon's family had not.
Amanda described one crew member as "truly evil, power-tripping".
She said: "He got on the intercom to say to the entire plane, ‘I’m sorry for the delay but we are dealing with a non-compliant traveller'.
"I was not refusing a mask, nor did I even say I wouldn’t try to keep a mask on my son. We were escorted off the plane as I was holding a mask over his little face. I genuinely don’t have words.
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"[They] had the plane turned around and had us escorted off to be met by police officers. Why? Wait for it… because my two-year-old was not properly wearing a mask."
"[It was] the most humiliating/traumatising experience."
It was the first time that the asthmatic Waylon had worn a mask.
American Airlines told the Independent: "On September 13, American Airlines flight 1284 returned to the gate prior to departure from Dallas-Fort Worth to deplane a party refusing to comply with crew member instructions to remain seated while on an active taxiway and to wear face coverings securely over their nose and mouth.
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"After agreeing to adhere to policies instituted for the safety of our customers and crew, all individuals were rebooked for travel on the next flight to Colorado Springs."
Whilst admitting that she had not followed American Airlines protocol in obtaining an exemption in advance of the flight, Amanda was still angry that common sense did not prevail.
She added: "Mind you, Way is asthmatic. We had a negative Covid test Way had yesterday. Told him he has asthma and has never worn a mask before. He did not care that this asthmatic child was literally hyperventilating."
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