A Fox Sports analyst, who slammed Delta for banning his family from a flight, is on the defensive as many seem to be siding with the airline.
In an essay on his website, Clay Travis described how his entire family was “banned from travel” on Delta Air Lines as they returned home to Tennessee from a trip to Europe.
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Travis recounted that “halfway over the Atlantic,” on the flight from Paris to Minneapolis with his wife and three boys, ages 9, 6, and 2, his 6-year-old son began scratching his head.
“While he was standing in line for the bathroom, my six year old started to scratch his head. My wife checked to see why he was scratching his head and saw then that he had lice. Several flight attendants rushed over too and peered down at my son’s head. ‘Oh, my God, he has lice,’ they said,” Travis wrote.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 17, 2017
He claimed the family was told they would be quarantined on the plane after landing in Minneapolis and “would not be allowed to take our connecting flight and would have to leave the airport in Minneapolis.”
Travis, who is also a lawyer, said he searched online for Delta’s policy on lice but could find nothing.
“We remained quarantined on the plane and the airline brought two medical people onto the plane too. I don’t know who these people were or who employed them, but they said, ‘We need to examine your children.’ This seemed strange to me — is it really airline policy now to conduct physical examinations of six year olds?” Travis wrote.
They were eventually able to leave the plane and headed toward customs, where Travis said they spent an “hour and a half standing in line” before being pulled off by Delta employees.
“They insisted on conducting a medical examination of my minor children in the customs area of the airport … and they said that if we didn’t consent we wouldn’t be able to fly to Nashville,” Travis told Fox News. “That in no way can be the official policy of Delta Air Lines.
“And just put yourself in the perspective of a six-year-old kid,” he added. “He’s standing there with hundreds of people around, while somebody from Delta is combing through his hair.”
The family was told they were “banned from travel” on Delta until they left the airport, all got treated for lice and returned with a doctor’s note.
Travis purchased two Southwest tickets for him and his two year old child to get home, leaving his wife behind with their two older children to find treatment for lice.
“She found a location and took a thirty minute cab ride to the location, where the treatment was performed on my wife and our nine and six year olds. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been allowed to fly home,” Travis wrote. “The next day my two year old and I were checked for lice. Neither of us had it.”
Travis ended his essay questioning Delta’s policies on lice, the medical clearance requirement and the examination policy.
“What if I had a son or daughter traveling by themselves?” Is Delta not going to allow them to continue their flight, and kick them off the plane?” he told Fox News.
“We will always prioritize the health of our customers and employees as safety is our top priority,” a representative for Delta told Fox News, but wold not specifically comment on the airline’s lice policies. “We will work directly with the family to resolve the issue.”
Delta’s policy reportedly states that passengers with contagious diseases are not allowed to fly.
While having lice might not be a disease, many parents of elementary school aged children know the disgusting little creatures spread like wild fire.
And while Travis admitted that he sympathized with Delta employees in situations like his, he still hoped that similar incidents “can be handled much better in the future” by Delta.
Some on social media agreed with Travis that Delta was wrong, but many overwhelmingly sided with the airline, and unloaded on Travis for jeopardizing other passengers with the highly-contagious lice.
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Lice r notoriously difficult to kill & parents failure to take it seriously enough as u obviously didn’t r irresponsible & piss poor parents
— Hcklbery (@Hcklbery) July 20, 2017
So 200 other people have to risk getting lice because of you don’t want to be inconvenienced after failing to keep your kid clean?
— Karl Hungus (@auburnalum06) July 21, 2017
Might have asked for a shower cap or,maybe wrap his head in a bandage to “contain” lice.Seems like a solution could have been found.So sorry
— IveGotThis (@ivegotthisK) July 17, 2017
Airlines power trippin. #ridiculous
— Meme’$oDank (@dirwood84) July 17, 2017
Worse places to be stuck than Minneapolis ? tricky situation though, see both sides but I wouldnt appreciate flying with lice if ✈️ knew
— Andy M (@A_MYERS) July 17, 2017
Thank you @Delta , treatment resistant lice are no joke. I would prefer not get lice on my next trip because you acquiesced to a media dad.
— Matt Harris (@CXVisionary) July 20, 2017
Stop trying to make another dramatic airline debacle happen. If they took a passenger vote you’d be gone too. Get over yourself.
— Sara (@swestypants) July 20, 2017
Most people know that lice are highly contagious. Delta did the right thing.
— Linda Maese (@lindakmaese) July 19, 2017
I’m with @Delta on this one.
— #GOVOLS (@paulbainVols) July 18, 2017
Clay, in the spirit of a true hustle man you’re spinning this for pub. What was the airline supposed to do?
— Jarrod Newton (@JCNew82) July 17, 2017
That’s the non selfish answer. Clay is being pretty selfish on this one, imo. Lice is nasty. (Delta could have handled it better as well.)
— Bob Loblaw (@BobLoblawtx) July 17, 2017
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