Why didn’t anyone at Spirit think about exempting those with medical conditions?!
The Kimball family had no problem flying on Spirit Airlines from Little Rock to Las Vegas last weekend with Carter, their non-verbal autistic 4-year-old child.
On the way home, the airline kicked the boy off the plane because he did not wear a mask. The family had a note from a physician exempting him from a mask due to his condition.
The common people face backlash over masks while flying. Yet snobby John Kerry can take his mask off on a flight without any problem.
It looks like the problem occurred in Dallas, TX. Needless to say Carter’s mom Callie is upset.
“He had a medical note from his physician stating that he’s exempt from wearing masks because whenever he wears a mask he holds his breath or he starts freaking out and he will harm himself,” said Kimball.
She says they’ve always flown with Spirit and never had any issues until now.
She says they were on board the plane and her husband showed them the note, but Spirit employees still kicked them off.
“He has a disability. It’s protected under the American Disability Act and they go ‘No no no no. Autism’s not a disability. He has to wear a mask or he has to get off the plane.'”
Carter loves planes, and to be removed from one upset the 4-year old.
“Kids on the spectrum, they’re usually very obsessed with something. He is obsessed with airplanes. So he was sitting in his seat being quietly and looking out the window, and this lady was like ‘Get off!'”
Autism is not a disability? Excuse me?
The incident stranded the family in Dallas. They had to pay $1,000 for a flight on American Airlines, which accepted Carter’s note.
Spirit Airlines explained that it instilled a mask mandate like other airlines in May 2020.
However, unlike most other airlines, Spirit did not have a medical disability exemption.
Spirit Airlines changed its tune:
Starting March 19, 2021, Guests with a medical disability who are traveling on or after March 22, 2021 can apply for an exemption as provided for in the federal mandate requiring masks in airports and on planes. We plan to add information to our website about the exemption later this week. Please visit our Information Center for more information on what we are doing to keep our Guests and Team Members safe.
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