“What do you want me to do, tape his face?”
A mother says she was forced to her breaking point on Thursday when she was kicked off a flight by American Airlines after her two-year-old son would not wear a mask.
“I tried repeatedly, begged him, bribed him, appealed to him, did everything I could while screaming and crying as I tried to hold him and put on the mask and felt my absolute lowest level as a mother,”
Davis was on a business trip to Florida when Hurricane Sally moved in.
“We tried to get out earlier but they interrupted our flight,” Davis told ABC News. “The eye of the storm went straight over us early on Wednesday morning and we lost power where we lived.”
She said they were exhausted when they finally boarded their flight home to Manchester, New Hampshire. Shortly after Davis took her seat, she said the flight attendant informed her and her “tired” son that if she could not get him to wear face protection, they would be asked to leave the plane.
All passengers, including Davis and her son, were forced to leave due to the incident.
“It was very cold and cruel,” said fellow passenger Taylor Cournoyer. “This was not a matter of an adult not following even though they did not agree with masks – this was a child. And it was not a bad, irresponsible mother either – she cried and tried to keep the mask on and asked the flight attendant help and advice on what to do. “
Cournoyer captured a video of Davis at the gate area and appealed to the crew and passengers.
“I do not know what you want me to do to keep the mask on him,” Davis said with tears in his eyes. “What do you want me to do – tape his face? He’s 2 years old, he does not understand!”
All major US airlines require all children over the age of 2 to wear a mask to be able to fly, but the policy has come under review as more stories of mothers being kicked out.
In late August, a mother and her six children were kicked off a JetBlue Airways flight because her 2-year-old daughter refused to wear a mask.
Davis and her mother are now urging airlines to update their policies and launch a Change.org petition for airlines to raise the minimum age. Her Instagram post has received almost 200,000 likes in three days.
“I do not want any other mother to feel that way,” Davis said.
Cournoyer said that once she and the other passengers boarded the plane, many passengers tried to speak, but the flight attendant told them that “that was not what happened.”
The pilot then made a general announcement, according to a video shot by Cournoyer and told the passengers: “I hate to talk like this but when we get started there are any problems, if you give them any problems at all about the decisions I have made we will reverse the flight and we will return to Charlotte. “
“The whole situation was an example of how we as a society have forgotten to treat each other with kindness and compassion,” said Cournoyer. “The crew and staff acted as authoritative dictators.”
Davis and her son boarded another American Airlines airline on Thursday, and she said the pilot on the second flight apologized.
“To ensure the safety of our customers and the team, American Airlines requires all persons 2 years of age and older to wear appropriate face protection throughout the journey,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The policy is applied and approved facial coatings are made available at key points throughout the customer journey. We have reached out to the family to learn more about their recent travel experience and to address their issues.”