In a statement to National File, American Airlines admitted that they booted a two-year-old child off of a flight for not wearing a mask, despite the mother saying he had an asthma attack.
National File broke on Tuesday on the story of Amanda Pendarvis, who was kicked off a flight on Monday because her two-year-old son, who was having an asthma attack, was unable to properly wear his face mask. As National File reported:
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Dissident Soaps In upsetting footage posted to Instagram by Pendarvis, her son can be seen crying and not wanting to wear the mask due to his inability to breathe.
Despite the flight attendant announcing the incident to the whole plane, describing her son as a “non-compliant traveler,” the majority of passengers did not speak up about what was happening, she added. “There was one man behind us who was standing up to [the flight attendant] telling him how [insane and irrational] he was being,” Pendarvis wrote, adding that several other passengers mouthed “I am sorry.”
The statement failed to mention any reports regarding the asthma attack, but did include American Airlines’s policy regarding the wearing of face masks, which notes that they require “all individuals two and older to wear a face covering at all times while indoors at the airport and on board.”
The policy requires that anyone who needs a medical exemption must apply for one at least 72 hours before departure.
While asthma is not generally covered by the CDC’s medical exemption policy for public transport, said exemptions exist for those who cannot take their mask off if they struggle to breathe, as happened with Pendarvis’s son.
It seems unfeasible that any federal regulations would require the suffocation of any passengers. The statement also seems contradicts Pendarvis’s version of events, where she explicitly states that she was not refusing to wear a face covering.