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American Airlines reportedly escorted a woman and her 2-year-old asthmatic son off a flight and into the hands of the police because the child had difficulty wearing a mask, despite the child having tested negative for COVID a day earlier.
The incident involving mother Amanda Pendarvis and her son happened during a Monday flight from Dallas to Colorado Springs.
The incident — one of many that have been reported by parents across the country — was documented in live videos recorded by Pendarvis and shared to Instagram Stories.
Some — though not all — of the videos were later compiled by her supporters and then circulated throughout all of social media.
Watch the compilation below:
Wow. American Airlines kicked a 2 year old boy with asthma off a plane and had police waiting for him + his mom because a power tripping flight attendant Carl lost his humanity. The last thing you’d do to a child suffering from an asthma attack is force a mask on them. pic.twitter.com/pWuVXJrFps
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 15, 2021
The videos contain captions describing what transpired.
“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 first set of captions read.
They go on to sarcastically praise a flight attendant named Carl for taking a stance and getting “this monster off the plane.”
“He got on the intercom to say to the entire plane ‘I’m sorry for the delay but we are dealing with a non-compliant traveler.’ … Thank you for your bravery. Carl on Flight AA 1284. Really took a stance and got this monster off the plane,” the captions read.
In additional Instagram Stories that were not included in the compilation, the mother described the incident as “the most humiliating/traumatising experience.”
“He had the plane turned around and had us escorted off to be met by police officers. Why? Wait for it … because my two-year-old was not properly wearing a mask,” she wrote, as reported by Meaww.
“Mind you, Way is asthmatic. We had showed [the flight attendant] 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,” she added.
American Airlines has basically confirmed that all this really happened.
“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),” a spokesperson told The Daily Dot.
The spokesperson also reportedly “cited directives from” the Biden administration that require children as young as two years of age to mask up.
Tiger Lily, a close friend of Pendarvis who helped spread the word about what’d happened, was left laughing uncontrollably in exasperation by the unapologetic statement:
Hello, maybe we get flight attendant fired from @AmericanAir today?
My sweet friend’s 2 year old son was having an asthma attack and wouldn’t keep mask on (because he couldn’t breathe) – and they turned plane around and had police waiting to escort them off. A 2 year old. pic.twitter.com/Ks2VbnNASW
— Tiger Lily (@yogarespecter) September 14, 2021
Update: American Airlines released a statement to @NationalFile and confirmed this story, no apology, nothing. Lmao they said it’s policy. Incredible.
— Tiger Lily (@yogarespecter) September 15, 2021
“Incredible” was how she described it.
According to a ballooning army of angry critics, what the statement truly amounts to is proof that it’s time to “stop flying” and “stop giving these maniacs your money.”
Look at some of the backlash against “Commie Air” below (*Language warning):
STOP FLYING. STOP GIVING THESE MANIACS YOUR MONEY.
Also, we need to mass call American Airlines tomorrow and demand an explanation and for this Carl to be fired. We probably need like, a name or a flight number or something if we’re actually going to do anything about this. https://t.co/s8TMETxhvk
— Zevon (@zevonplant) September 15, 2021
Change ur name from American Air to P.O.S. Air 💩💩💩
— Kato Kaelin (@Kato_Kaelin) September 16, 2021
Why the fuck are you traumatizing women with young children?
— Jackson Pokorney (@JacksonPokorney) September 16, 2021
Masking toddlers is insane
— Rebecca Bodenheimer (@rmbodenheimer) September 16, 2021
This baby is asthmatic, cannot breathe in a mask and was clearly in agony when she put it on. AND HE HAD NEGATIVE COVID TEST.
Fuck you so hard @AmericanAir
— Rebecca Bodenheimer (@rmbodenheimer) September 16, 2021
.@AmericanAir, can you please change your name to CommieAir?
With your recent actions, there’s truly nothing left that’s American about you.
— Mark Gonsalves (@MarkCongressGA7) September 16, 2021
From #HonorFlight to dishonoring 2 year olds and freedom.
When flight attendants and other @AmericanAir employees are laid off due to lack of customers which then leads to cutting routes, they “might” get it.
— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) September 16, 2021
If there was ever an example of how sick, twisted, and evil Covidstan has become, this is it. Hell won’t be hot enough for the depraved ghouls creating and enabling this insanity (sorry, not sorry).
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) September 16, 2021
A nationwide mask mandate has been in effect since practically the day Democrat President Joe Biden took office months ago and is slated to remain in effect until Jan. 18th of next year at the earliest.
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