‘This is the world we live in?’: Mom says she was kicked off flight because her crying toddler refused to put mask on

(WHDH) — A mother says she will never fly American Airlines again after she was forced off of a flight because her crying 2-year-old son refused to put a mask on.

“I’m at a complete loss of words. The eyes of a mama-bear who just bawled her eyes out as she was forced off an airplane because her 2 year old wouldn’t keep his mask on,” Rachel Davis wrote in an Instagram post.

Davis said she and her son had not even taken their seats on a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday when a flight attendant approached them and demanded that the young boy put a mask on immediately.

Davis explained that she did everything that she possibly could to get her son to wear a mask but he was just too overtired following a long week of travel.

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I’m at a complete loss of words. The eyes of a mama-bear who just bawled her eyes out as she was forced off an airplane because her 2 year old wouldn’t keep his mask on. I tried repeatedly, begged him, bribed him, pleaded with him, did everything I could while he was screaming and crying as I tried to hold him and put the mask on, feeling my absolute lowest of lows as a mother. Before I even sat in my seat, flight attendant Terry on American Airlines flight 5595 from Charlotte, NC to Manchester, NH on September 17th, approached me and asked how old my son is, and demanded according to their policy he wear a mask. I told her this is our fourth American Airlines flight this week, and he has never been asked to wear a mask. She informed me he (my overtired two year old son) would need to comply with their company policy or we would be asked to leave the aircraft. As I tried to put down my things and get a mask out, I heard Terry on the phone saying “yea it’s clear there is going to be a problem and we will need you to come down”. The nastiest smug look on her face. I’ll save you the rest of the horror that happened on the plane, as I continued trying to get him to wear the mask, bawling my eyes out and hyperventilating behind my own suffocating mask. Desperate to get home after the worst week. He would have been asleep before we even pushed back if they had just been humans. The pilot had the final say, Lyon wears the mask or they will escort us off the plane. Rather than get themselves any bad press by escorting a crying mom and two year old off the plane, they forced everyone to deplane, and wouldn’t let us back on the flight home. Apparently before we got off the plane everyone who left before us lit up the crew in the gate area. The Captain walking right by me as I screamed my head off in my absolute worst moment. They moved us to a flight tonight, on the same airline who’s company policy kicked us off the last flight, because my two year old son wouldn’t keep a mask securely over his nose and mouth at all times. This is the world we live in? This is not a mask debate. This is a ‘be a god damned human’ debate. I will NEVER fly AA again.

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“I tried repeatedly, begged him, bribed him, pleaded with him, did everything I could while he was screaming and crying as I tried to hold him and put the mask on, feeling my absolute lowest of lows as a mother,” Davis wrote in the post.

Davis told ABC News that she was on a work trip in Florida when Hurricane Sally moved in, forcing them to vacate the Sunshine State. The flight out of Charlotte was their fourth of the week.

“I continued trying to get him to wear the mask, bawling my eyes out and hyperventilating behind my own suffocating mask,” Davis added in the post. “Desperate to get home after the worst week. He would have been asleep before we even pushed back if they had just been humans.”

Davis said the pilot ultimately decided that she and her son had no choice but to get off the flight. The two were then moved to a later departure time.

In a statement, American Airlines told 7NEWS, “To ensure the safety of our customers and team, American Airlines requires all persons 2 years and older to wear an appropriate face covering throughout the entirety of their journey. Policies are enforced and approved face coverings are made available at key points throughout the customer journey. We’ve reached out to the family to learn more about their recent travel experience and to address their concerns.”

Davis concluded her post by questioning, “This is the world we live in?”

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