Mother and unmasked son, 2, booted from American Airlines flight ‘as he had asthma attack’

Mother and unmasked son, 2, booted from American Airlines flight ‘as he had asthma attack’
Mother and unmasked son, 2, booted from American Airlines flight ‘as he had asthma attack’
Amanda Pendarvis posted on her Instagram story that she, her son and her mother were taken off an American Airlines flight as her son was having an asthma attack (Picture: Instagram)

A mother and her 2-year-old son were forced to get off an American Airlines plane after the toddler refused to keep his mask on.

Amanda Pendarvis shared on her Instagram story that she, her son and her mother were taken off Flight 1284 on Monday and claimed that her son was having an asthma attack.

Before taking off to Colorado, the plane returned its gate at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport because the family would not ‘comply with crew member instructions to remain seated while on an active taxiway and to wear face coverings securely over their nose and mouth’, American Airlines said in a statement to Fox Business.

The mother claimed that her son was having an asthma attack
The mother claimed that her son was having an asthma attack (Picture: Instagram @manasaywhaa)

Crew members were not advised that the toddler was having an asthma attack or had trouble breathing, according to American Airlines.

A Twitter user claiming to be Pendarvis’ friend shared several images including one that seemed to show the mother trying to keep a mask on her son.

The toddler was shown in a video screaming and crying as his mother tried to put the face mask on him and said ‘no’ as she tried to comfort him. The video concludes with the mother and toddler on the jet bridge with authorities.

Crew members made ‘multiple attempts to reinforce safety requirements’ after seeing ‘a minor in the party laying in the aisle and moving between seats on taxi out’, American Airlines stated.

The airline’s policy requires that all passengers 2 years and older wear masks at all times unless they are eating or drinking.

‘US federal law requires that you wear a face covering at all times while indoors at the airport and on board your flight,’ American Airlines’ website states. ‘If you refuse to wear one, you may be denied boarding and future travel on American. You may also face penalties under federal law.’

The family was rebooked on the next flight to Colorado Springs that day after agreeing to ‘adhere to policies instituted for the safety of our customers and crew’, American Airline stated.

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Author: Jessica Kwong