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Mother was removed from Southwest Airlines flight after her autistic son, 3, refused to wear a face mask

Mother is removed from Southwest Airlines flight after three-year-old autistic son refused to wear a face mask

  • Alyssa Sadler said her flight from Midland, Texas, was returned to the gate
  • Her three-year-old son started having a seizure when she tried to attach his mask
  • Only children under the age of two are exempt from wearing a mask on flights

A mother said her family was removed from a flight after her three-year-old autistic son refused to wear a face mask.

Alyssa Sadler of Houston, Texas, said her Southwest Airlines flight from Midland to Houston was returned to the gate when her son refused to wear the mask.

She was also traveling with her one-year-old daughter on Monday when her son started having a seizure when she tried to put on his face mask.

The boy has a sensory processing disorder and doesn’t like his face being touched.

Alyssa Sadler, of Houston, Texas, said her Southwest Airlines flight from Midland to Houston was returned to the gate after her three-year-old autistic son refused to wear a face mask (photo file)

Alyssa Sadler, of Houston, Texas, said her Southwest Airlines flight from Midland to Houston was returned to the gate after her three-year-old autistic son refused to wear a face mask (photo file)

A flight attendant commented that he did not want to put on the mask and the flight was returned to the gate, despite the boy’s doctor’s message from Mrs. Sadler about his condition.

Ms. Sadler wrote on Facebook: ‘If you are kicked off your flight because your 3-year-old autistic child will not wear a mask.

“Looks like I’m trapped inland here.”

Ms. Sadler said the captain announced the reason for the early return over the loudspeaker and told the plane that a non-compliant passenger refused to wear a face cover.

In July, Southwest and American Airlines tightened their face mask rules by removing medical exceptions, exempting children under the age of two from the policy

In July, Southwest and American Airlines tightened their face mask rules by removing medical exceptions, exempting children under the age of two from the policy

In July, Southwest and American Airlines tightened their face mask rules by removing medical exceptions, exempting children under the age of two from the policy

She said an escort helped remove her family’s luggage and airline officials later notified her son for non-compliance with the carrier’s policy.

She said, ‘He screamed. He had a seizure. He shouted “no, no, no”.

“They discuss safety features and stuff, and the flight attendant comes over and tells me to put on a mask,” she said. KPRC.

So I try to put the mask on him. He’s three and has autism and sensory processing disorders, so he didn’t want to keep the mask on. ‘

A flight attendant noted that he did not want to put on the mask, and the flight was returned to the gate, despite the boy's doctor's letter from Mrs. Sadler about his condition, says Mrs. Sadler.

A flight attendant noted that he did not want to put on the mask, and the flight was returned to the gate, despite the boy's doctor's letter from Mrs. Sadler about his condition, says Mrs. Sadler.

A flight attendant noted that he did not want to put on the mask, and the flight was returned to the gate despite the boy’s doctor’s letter from Mrs. Sadler about his condition, says Mrs. Sadler.

In July, Southwest and American Airlines tightened their face mask rules by removing medical exceptions, exempting children under the age of two from the policy.

All US airlines have a similar mandatory face mask policy, and the family receives a full refund for their flight.

Southwest Airlines said, “We are communicating this policy to all customers at multiple points of contact during the journey, so we regret the inconvenience this family has experienced.

“If for some reason a customer cannot wear a face cover, Southwest regrets that we cannot transport the individual.”

A member of the family will be taking Mrs. Sadler and her children to Houston today.

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