A mother alleges she was kicked off an American Airlines flight because her 2-year-old son was suffering an asthma attack, and was unable to wear a mask.
Amanda Pendarvis was on American Airlines Flight 1284 from Dallas Fort Worth to Colorado Springs Monday with her mother, and toddler son Waylon, when she says a flight attendant, whose name she said was Carl, told her Waylon needed to wear a mask.
Pendarvis, from Oklahoma, described Carl as ‘truly evil,’ and ‘power-tripping’ in her Instagram story where she chronicled the ordeal, which she said was ‘humiliating/traumatizing.’
After attempting unsuccessfully to make Waylon put on a face covering, Pendarvis said crew turned the plane around, and that she was escorted off by police officers.
Amanda Pendarvis alleges she was kicked off an American Airlines flight Monday because her 2-year-old asthmatic son Waylon (pictured) was unable to wear a mask properly
‘Way is asthmatic. We showed him a negative Covid test Way had yesterday. Told him he has asthma & has never worn [sic] a mask before,’ she wrote of Carl on Instagram. ‘He did not care that this asthmatic child was literally hyperventilating.’
Photos and video on Pendarvis’ Instagram story show her placing a mask over the crying child’s face, and administering asthma medicine while onboard the flight.
Later, she is seen waiting in the plane’s jet bridge as Waylon, calmer now, walks around with stuffed animal as airport police stand nearby.
American Airlines confirmed the incident, and said that Flight 1284 had returned to the gate before takeoff due to a ‘party refusing to comply with crew member instructions.’
‘On Sept. 13, American Airlines flight 1284 returned to the gate prior to departure from Dallas-Fort Worth to deplane a party refusing to comply with crew member instructions to remain seated while on an active taxiway and to wear face coverings securely over their nose and mouth,’ an airline spokesman told DailyMail.com in a statement.
Pendarvis said she made multiple attempts to have Waylon wear a mask, but he was unable
Pendarvis said she was instructed repeatedly by a flight attendant named Carl to have Waylon wear a mask
‘After agreeing to adhere to policies instituted for the safety of our customers and crew, all individuals were rebooked for travel on the next flight to Colorado Springs.’
The spokesman added that the flight crew had seen Waylon laying on the aisle floor and moving between seats as the plane was taxiing to to the runway, and made multiple attempts to have him seated.
While doing that, the spokesperson said, the crew reminded the family that federal requirements mandate that all customers must wear face masks while on board.
Mask exemptions can be made for people with disabilities, he said, but need to be requested 72 hours in advance of the flight, and require a doctor’s note and proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
After a delay, Pendarvis said she and her family were escorted off the plane by police
‘At no time was it made known to our crew members that a member of the party was experiencing an asthma attack,’ the spokesman said.
Pendarvis said that she was not refusing to place a mask on her son. Video, on her story shows her placing a face covering on him, before taking it off as he continues to cry, and him recoiling as she tries to place it on him again.
She said that a majority of passengers did not speak up during the incident except one.
‘There was one man behind us who was standing up to him telling him how [insane and irrational] he was being,’ she wrote.
She added that the flight attendant had made an announcement over the loudspeaker apologizing for the delay due to a ‘non-compliant traveler’
Pendarvis’ story gained wider attention after Twitter user Tiger Lily shared screenshots of
American Airlines said it rebooked Pendarvis’ flight and she reported that she eventually made it to their destination with her family
‘Thank you for your bravery, Carl on Flight AA1284… Really a stance and got this monster off the plane,’ Pendarvis added.
The incident gained wider attention when Twitter user Tiger Lily posted screenshots of Pendarvis’ story, saying she was a friend.
‘Flight attendant Carl thought this suffering baby boy was a threat to his health lmao even after she showed him negative covid test,’ she tweeted.
The incident came as the Biden administration last week increased the fines for those not wearing masks on public transportation from $500 to $1,000 for first offenders.
A second offenses can range from a $1,000 to $3,000 penalty.
‘If you break the rules, be prepared to pay. And by the way, show some respect!’ Biden said last Thursday.