A family was recently kicked off of a Southwest flight because the pilot didn't "feel comfortable" knowing their son might remove his mask.
Check out the story from the mother, Caroline Scott:
The pilot has clearly never looked behind him to see LITERALLY EVERYONE take their mask off to eat their little baggy of pretzels (or just to breathe freely for 75% of the flight when the flight attendants aren't walking the aisle... or is that just me?).
According to Caroline, she had called the airline in advance of their flight to let them know her son has sensory processing disorder (SPD), but that she had been working with him on wearing a mask.
The airline assured her that it was fine and that they would note his disability on his ticket so that the flight staff was aware of their situation.
After boarding the flight and talking to the friendly copilot, the pilot came onboard and heard about their son's disorder. He then insisted the family be removed from the plane (even though their son was wearing his mask like a champ, no small feat for a small child with SPD!)
"We were deplaned not for our behaviors but for disclosing my son's disability."
This isn't the first toddler-on-plane horror story we've seen in the wake of Covid, but they seem to be getting increasingly ridiculous. What do airlines have against kids?
This is absolute stupidity on the part of the pilot and the airline. Please, for the love of all that is good, we need to stop forcing children to wear masks!