The flight returned back to the age so that the woman and child could be escorted out in a "humiliating/traumatizing" way.
A flight that began its journey to Colorado returned back to its gate at Dallas-Fort Worth airport for the one and only reason of throwing out a mother and her 2-year-old son.
The mother, Amanda Pendarvis, and her toddler, Waylon, were on American Airlines flight 1284 when a flight attendant named Carl told her that her son has to wear a mask. Amanda then tried to get Waylon to wear a mask, but she couldn't get the child to stay still and keep it on. Soon after this, the crew turned around the flight and had Amanda escorted off the plane by police officers.
A short video that circulated on social media showed the mother trying to get the restless toddler to settle down before being kicked off the flight.
A mom whose two year old wasn’t wearing his mask properly was kicked off an American Airlines flight. This is where we are, we have emboldened the biggest losers in our society to believe they are morally virtuous because they wear masks: pic.twitter.com/rwHMCmjwaW— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 16, 2021
When Amanda later posted on social media about the incident, she said the entire ordeal was "humiliating/traumatizing," as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"Way is asthmatic. We showed him a negative Covid test Way had yesterday. Told him he has asthma & has never worn [sic] a mask before," Amanda said of her exchange with Carl. "He did not care that this asthmatic child was literally hyperventilating."
As she narrated the incident, she said, as quoted by news.com.au., "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.' 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."
Following the incident, American Airlines released a statement and said that the flight returned to the gate just before it was about to take off from the airport. The statement added that the reason for the turn-around was a "party refusing to comply with crew member instructions."
Members of the crew also claimed that they saw young Waylon lying on the aisle floor while the plane was moving on the runway. And they reportedly tried to get him to sit down in his own seat.
"On Sept. 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," a spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
"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," added the spokesperson.
Claiming that the crew did not know about the toddler's asthma, the spokesperson said: "At no time was it made known to our crew members that a member of the party was experiencing an asthma attack."
In light of another incident, Charles Leocha, president and co-founder of the Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy group Travelers Unite, recently told Business Insider, "Airlines that insist on having 2- and 3-year-old children wear masks at all times will always face problems. Treating a 2-year-old like a 30-year-old is foolish and unnatural."
To avoid such instances, Leocha suggested that parents could "help younger children practice wearing masks so kids are comfortable wearing them during flight."
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