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Mother and toddler kicked off American Airlines flight after crying boy struggles with mask

Amy Christie

A mother and her son were removed from an American Airlines flight because the little boy couldn’t keep his face mask on. A video of the incident shows how the toddler, who has asthma, keeps crying while his mother tries to keep his mask on.

The airline has stated that the child breached the federal mask mandate, according to The Blaze.

What are the details?

Amanda Pendarvis was getting ready to fly on American Airlines Flight 1284 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Colorado on Sept. 13. She had her son and her mother with her. Waylong, the little boy, had a hard time wearing a face covering and his mother said it was the first time he had to do that. The toddler is also said to suffer from asthma.

The mother showed the flight crew a negative COVID-19 test, but she was told the little boy still needed a face mask. Pendarvis told her story on social media and gave details on the incident, which she thought was "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 wrote, adding photos with the boy crying with his face mask on.
“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,” the mother added.

Pendarvis was wearing a mask and she attempted to convince the toddler to have his on too, but he kept wriggling around and crying.

“He won't even let it near his face,” the mother said.

The plane came back to the gate and the family was taken off the flight. They were escorted by three police officers.

Pendarvis said that a flight attendant named “Carl” was “truly evil and power-tripping and took a stance” to have them removed from the flight.

“He had the plane turned around and had us escorted off to be met by police officers. Why? Wait for it ... because my baby was not properly wearing a mask.”

“Mind you, Way is asthmatic. We had showed a negative Covid test Way had yesterday. Told him he has asthma and has never worn a mask before. He did not care that this asthmatic child was literally hyperventilating,” Pendarvis wrote in the since-deleted story on Instagram.

What was American Airlines’ take on it?

The company confirmed the incident occurred on Flight 1284.

“Initial reports indicate the party refused to comply with crew member instructions to remain seated and wear a face mask securely over their nose and mouth. After agreeing to adhere to federal face-covering requirements, all individuals were rebooked for travel on the next flight to Colorado Springs (COS),” was the statement from American Airlines.

The CDC also notes that people with asthma don’t qualify for a disability exemption from the mask requirement.

“A person with a condition that causes intermittent respiratory distress, such as asthma, likely does not qualify for this exemption because people with asthma, or other similar conditions, can generally wear a mask safely," the CDC website points out.

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