A mother and her 2-year-old son were allegedly removed from an American Airlines flight after the boy was unable to keep his mask on. The video of the alleged incident shows the toddler, who is said to have asthma, crying while his mother attempts to keep his face mask on. The airline claims the child violated the federal mask mandate.
Amanda Pendarvis was flying on American Airlines Flight 1284 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Colorado on Sept. 13 with her son and her mother. Her 2-year-old son Waylon had a difficult time wearing a face mask, which was said to be the first time he wore a face covering. The toddler allegedly suffers from asthma. The mother claimed that she showed the flight crew a negative COVID-19 test for her son, but they said he still needed to wear a face covering.
Pendarvis posted an Instagram story on Monday detailing the incident, which she described as “the most humiliating/traumatizing experience.”
“He got on the intercom and to say to the entire plane, ‘I’m sorry for the delay but we are dealing with a non-compliant traveler,'” the mother said in the video, which shows the boy crying with a mask on his face.
“I was not refusing a mask. Nor did I even say I wouldn’t try to keep a mask on my son,” Pendarvis continued. “We were escorted off the plane as I was holding a mask over his little face. I genuinely don’t have words.”
Wow. American Airlines kicked a 2 year old boy with asthma off a plane and had police waiting for him + his mom because a power tripping flight attendant Carl lost his humanity. The last thing you’d do to a child suffering from an asthma attack is force a mask on them. pic.twitter.com/pWuVXJrFps
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 15, 2021
Hello, maybe we get flight attendant fired from @AmericanAir today?
My sweet friend’s 2 year old son was having an asthma attack and wouldn’t keep mask on (because he couldn’t breathe) – and they turned plane around and had police waiting to escort them off. A 2 year old. pic.twitter.com/Ks2VbnNASW
— Tiger Lily (@yogarespecter) September 14, 2021
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