Common sense would appear to have flown out the window on this flight, in what appears to be a gross injustice towards a toddler.
On Monday, Sept. 13, an American Airlines plane returned to the airport to remove a two-year-old boy, along with his mother and grandmother—because the little boy could not wear a mask properly during an asthma attack, according to National File.
Traveling on American Airlines Flight 1284 was Amanda Pendarvis, along with her two-year-old son, Waylon, and her mother. The boy suffered an asthma attack, and he was unable to “properly” wear the mask, prompting the flight attendant to have the plane returned to the airport, where police officers were waiting to escort them.
Pendarvis used instagram to post a video of what happened and she described that it was the “most humiliating/traumatizing experience” and that the flight attendant, whom she called Carl, is “truly evil [and] power tripping.”
In the video posted on instagram you can see Waylon’s mother’s comments, while her son is seen crying and then outside the plane met by three policemen.
“I was not refusing a mask, nor did I even say I wouldn’t try to keep a mask on my son,” she stated.
In the video she also comments that Carl said over the intercom “I´m sorry for the delay but we are dealing with a non-compliant traveler.”
As Pendarvis recounted, behind them was a man who confronted the flight attendant letting him know he was being unreasonable with his behavior and several other travelers said they were sorry.
A family friend tweeted what happened and expressed her anger.
She said her friend showed Carl her son’s negative covid test, but he still didn’t care and continued to view Waylon as a threat to the rest of the travelers.
She added that not one person stood up for her friend in the face of such injustice, that she cannot understand how they remained silent, and that this does not end unless “we all start standing up against TYRANTS.”
She then left a message about COVID and its consequences.
“The only thing that covid has done to society is remove people of their compassion. Hospitals making mother’s give birth alone, children being taken, babies being kicked off flights, families turning against each other.”
Finally he warned, “I won’t make nice with these people. Not anymore.”
Her post received a response from American Airlines saying they contacted her friend for information.
National File inquired about the incident with the company, and asked if they thought the flight attendant’s actions were in line with American Airlines’ policies. They received confirmation of the facts in response.
It should be noted that the Biden administration recently increased the cost of fines for people who do not wear masks on public transportation, and first-time offenders will be charged up to $500 in fines.
What is unclear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, is whether asthma falls within the exemptions for mask use.