16 March 2021: A woman in Arkansas said that Spirit Airlines kicked her son and husband off the plane on Monday because her four-year-old autistic son did not wear a mask.
Callie Kimball told CBS Little Rock subsidiary KTVH-TV Carter Kimball that his doctor sent him a medical note stating that he can wear a mask to hold his breath or Begin to gasp and hurt you, so you can wear a mask.
Carly said her family flew to the spiritual world to visit relatives in Las Vegas on Friday. However, Spirit would not let them stay on the return flight. Although Dallas’ husband showed a note to the flight crew, the flight had a stopover in Dallas.
She said that they have been flying with Spirit until now without any problems.
“He has a disability. It is protected by the American Disability Act, and they said, ‘No, no, autism is not a disability. He has to wear a mask or he has to get off the plane.'”
Carly explained: “(Autistic) kids are usually very fascinated by something.” “He is addicted to airplanes. So he sits in his seat and looks out the window quietly. This lady is like get off the car. ‘!” Carly said that American Airlines agreed to accommodate the family and accepted Carter’s will, but the family had to refund the tickets they were not allowed to take. “So we spent all the flying, a thousand dollars, we have a son, and now he is so upset that he likes to throw all the planes down,” Spirit told KTVH that it issued a refund, but hanging up seemed to be the time for the credit card issuer to credit the funds. Spirit also said: “Our existing policy does not provide for medical exemptions, regardless of the diagnosis. Our team members explained this to the family traveling today, but never questioned anyone’s medical condition. “Starting from March 19, 2021, guests with physical disabilities who travel on or after March 22, 2021, can apply for the federal government’s tax exemption requirements, requiring airports and airplanes to wear masks,” Carly said that she understands that the COVID is real and that people need to take precautions to protect everyone, but her son has a disability that restricts his use of masks.
Teary-eyed, she said, “I have never had a lifetime-being the parent of an autistic child is really hard, and I have never experienced this kind of discrimination by someone in my life.”
News Sources: CBS NEWS