Heathrow Airport: Mum kicked off flight ‘unfair’ because toddler wouldn’t wear a mask

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Family ‘kicked out’ from Heathrow airport flight in US because their two-year-old son was not wearing a mask

Angela Artis, 31, shared a post with her 22,200 Instagram followers explaining that she was “stranded” at Heathrow Airport because of “unfair treatment” from American Airlines.

The content creator explained that her toddler, Mason, “can’t physically wear a mask without having difficulty breathing” because children her age “don’t even know how to use it properly or understand.”

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The family had boarded American Airlines Flight 733 on Sunday, October 17, after Angela and her husband Darien renewed their wedding vows in Santorini, Greece.

Angie claimed her son was not asked to wear a mask on their flight from North Carolina, and other flight attendants understood and no one stopped them until they were approached while they were seated on the plane on their return flight.

The footage shows a flight attendant appearing to listen to Angie explain their situation before the flight attendant appears to push the camera away.

“My husband took out his phone to record because he thought it was unfair treatment to us,” she said in a second video.

In the caption, she added, “We were kicked off the American Airline plane today because my two year old son was not wearing his mask on the plane.”

She added that it was “unfair treatment” and “disrespect”.

She claims that another baby the same age as her son was not asked to wear a mask on the plane and called this “discrimination”.

Angela, Darien and their son had to spend the night in a hotel before taking a plane the next day.

Angela said Metro: “About 25 minutes before the flight took off, another attendant came and pointed at my baby.

“She said ‘he has to put on a mask or he has to go'” in a very rude way.

“My heart sank. We didn’t know it was a strict policy because we had walked the entire way without my son wearing a mask.

“We were told that children two years and older must wear a mask. But what so many different flight attendants have told us is that you cannot keep a mask on a two year old for more than five minutes.

“We had tried putting it on him for the first few minutes, but he just couldn’t keep it on, it’s hard for a baby to breathe even physically with a mask on.”



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Angela said she continued to discuss the matter with the attendant, but eventually the plane returned to the terminal.

At the airport, she said an airline representative “basically agreed” with them, and on their flight the next day “flight attendants said a baby basically can’t keep a baby. mask”

In accordance with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Transportation Security Administration, American Airlines requires passengers two years of age and older to wear face coverings at all times inside airports and on board.

In a statement, the airline said: “On October 17, American Airlines Flight 733 returned to the departure gate prior to departure from London Heathrow to disembark a party not meeting the face mask requirement.

“After agreeing to comply with the face mask requirement, everyone was booked to travel on the next flight to Charlotte the next day.

“We are reviewing this incident and a member of our team has contacted customers to find out more about what happened.”

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