A four-year-old autistic boy was removed from a United States flight for refusing to wear his mask. The Spirit Airlines employee failed to recognize his disability.
When contacted by the media, Spirit Airlines said that all passengers above age two are required to wear a mask.
Callie Kimball told the media tha ther son loves planes and was devastated after being removed. She also said she had a medical note explaining his condition.
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"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," she explained, saying that her son is autistic and is non-verbal.
Spirit Airlines explained: "Our existing policy does not provide for medical exemptions, regardless of diagnosis. Our team members explained this to a family traveling today, but never questioned anyone's medical status in the process."
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