Four-Year-Old Autistic Boy Pulled off a Plane for Refusing to Wear His Mask for Medical Reasons
A four-year-old nonverbal autistic boy and his family boarded a plane back home to Little Rock but were then removed when the four-year-old had no facemask.
The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm and halted life like it was known. Families, organizations, and businesses have adopted certain health measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Chief of these measures is social distancing and the use of face masks. In most public gatherings, individuals are advised to keep a reasonable distance to avoid physical contact while wearing their facemasks.
In a bid to enforce these health measures, individuals are not allowed access to certain facilities if they do not have a facemask on. Such is the seriousness of these health measures.
Recently, the Kimball family could not travel back to their home in Little Rock because their four-year-old autistic son refused to wear a facemask and was taken off the plane.
JUST WEAR THE MASK. Cover your mouth AND nose. Stay 6 feet from others. Wash your hands. Stay home if you can. #COVID19 cases are rising fast. If we don’t act together and do what we can to slow the spread, thousands more could die.— CDC (@CDCgov) November 13, 2020
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Four-year-old Carter and his dad flew to Las Vegas on Spirit Airlines to spend some time with their family and were on a flight back home when the incident happened.
Carter is a non-verbal autistic child with a note from his physician stating he should be exempted from wearing a face mask because of the challenges it poses to him.
She felt her son had a disability and should not have been discriminated against the way he was.
His family said they have always traveled via Spirit Airlines and have not encountered any difficulties until the recent unpleasant experience with their four-year-old.
When Carter and his dad boarded the plane, they showed the flight staff his medical note, but they insisted that the four-year-old should wear a facemask or risk being thrown off the plane.
Despite having a doctor's note, the family says there were told to mask up or get off the plane. https://t.co/jFa2jLYUxo— 12NewsNow (@12NewsNow) March 16, 2021
The airline staff was told that autism is a disability protected under the American Disability Act, but their plea fell on deaf ears, and they were asked to get off.
The incident hurt the Kimball family, especially because their son loved to be on a plane, and being removed from one came as a blow to the little boy.
A 4-year-old boy with autism was kicked off of a Spirit Airlines flight for not wearing a mask, despite having a note from his doctor.https://t.co/hPQ1zI4aLl— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 16, 2021
According to Carter’s mom, Callie, the family asked for a refund, but they are yet to be refunded. Spirit Airline reportedly said that they had issued a refund, but it was delayed by Kimball’s credit card company.
While Callie understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is real and safety is important, she felt her son had a disability and should not have been discriminated against the way he was.
Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested in Idaho on Monday after he refused to wear a mask in court, which prevented him from entering and making him a no-show for his own trial, officials say. https://t.co/JoMRXl1hPh— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 16, 2021
Another incident recently happened in the Idaho Supreme court involving anti-government activist Ammon Bundy who was reportedly arrested for refusing to wear a facemask in court. If and when Bundy makes bail, he will be required to follow the rules of the court.
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