American Airlines Kicked a 2-Year-Old Off a Plane
A family of four was recently removed from an American Airlines flight after a child began to hyperventilate and was unable to keep a mask on his face. The mother, who spoke to The Guardian, described the experience as humiliating and traumatising. This is not the first time that families with young children have had similar experiences on American Airlines flights.
Pendarvis’ son was hyperventilating during an asthma attack
A 2-year-old asthmatic was kicked off an American Airlines flight during an asthma attack, according to a mother who shared the video on Instagram. Amanda Pendarvis was traveling with her son, Waylon, when the flight attendant asked her to pull his mask up so he could see his mother on the other side of the plane. The crew tried to explain to them that they had to stay seated and wear a seat belt, but the child refused.
Pendarvis says that she tried to explain to the flight attendant that the child had asthma and needed a mask, but the airline refused to listen to her. She claims she told the flight attendant about the asthma attack and showed documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.
Pendarvis’s video has gone viral. The video, which is a screen capture of the child’s Instagram stories, has been viewed more than six thousand times. It has also been shared on Twitter by political commentator Clay Travis. In the video, Pendarvis is seen holding her son while the child appears to be sobbing. A spokesperson for American Airlines has responded to the incident on Twitter, saying that the flight attendant was not aware of the child’s asthma.
He was unable to keep a mask on his face
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, single mother Rachel Starr Davis and her 2-year-old son were kicked off an American Airlines flight because their son was unable to keep a mask on. Despite repeated attempts to put a mask on her son, Davis said she was unable to get him to wear it. She later found out that the airline has a policy against making children wear face masks.
The family had flown to Florida when they were told to wear masks. But the boy was having an asthma attack, so they couldn’t comply with the requirements. The airline staff contacted the flight attendants, who then asked them to disembark from the plane. The mom was furious and took to Instagram to explain the situation.
The toddler was not wearing the mask and was distracted by his snack, which the mother said made him unable to keep the mask on. She snapped a photo of her son, but the Southwest Airlines crew wasn’t having it. The mother asked the crew for six feet of space, but they turned the plane around when the child didn’t have enough space to put the mask on. The gate agent then kicked the child and his mother off the plane.
He was given an emergency inhaler on the plane
Amanda Pendarvis, a mother of two, was flying on American Airlines when she noticed her 2-year-old son struggling to wear a face mask. He suffers from asthma and was given an emergency inhaler on the airplane. The flight attendant noticed his struggles and questioned them, as did three police officers.
The mother of the 2-year-old said the flight attendants kicked her son and her off the plane after they did not comply with the mask requirements. The mother later posted an Instagram story of the incident, describing her son’s treatment. She said she fought to keep the mask on her son’s face, but was unable to do so.
Amanda Pendarvis, a mother of two-year-old Waylon Pendarvis, said she was furious after the airline kicked her son off the plane after she gave him the inhaler. She said she tried to cover his nose and mouth with a face cover, but the flight attendant told the pilot that he was a “non-compliant passenger.” Amanda Pendarvis described the experience as humiliating and said the airline should apologize for their actions.
He recently tested negative for COVID-19
On a recent flight from Chicago to Houston, a 2-year-old boy who recently tested positive for COVID-19 was kicked off the plane by American Airlines. According to Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, the child had a positive test and a negative one 14 days later. During that time, the family had to wait 14 days and go through immigration and customs. They also had to pay for a hotel and food and missed four days of vacation.
Pendarvis, a mother of two, shared her account of the incident on social media, claiming she had gotten a doctor’s note that her son was recently tested negative for COVID-19. The airline has yet to respond to Pendarvis’ inquiries.
The couple says they were not notified of the result until late afternoon. They said they were not concerned if their child tested positive for the virus. After all, they’d had coronavirus symptoms nearly a year ago. Afterward, the restaurant employee called the hotel to let them know. They were escorted to the room by a manager.
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