A mother and her toddler were kicked off a flight in the US after the two-year-old would not keep a mask on.
Amanda Pendarvis was aboard an American Airlines flight when the incident happened, claiming on Instagram that her son had been suffering an asthma attack.
Pendarvis said she, her son and her mother were all removed from the aircraft as it travelled to Colorado.
“I was not refusing a mask, nor did I even say I wouldn’t try to keep a mask on my son,” she wrote in the caption.
“We were escorted off the plane as I was holding a mask over his little face. I don’t even have words.”
Pendarvis claimed the pilot apologised for the delay over the plane intercom, noting, “We are dealing with a non-compliant traveller.”
The video was reshared to Twitter, showing her attempting to keep a mask on her son.
In the one-minute clip, the child is seen screaming and crying, even shouting “no” while Pendarvis repeatedly attempts to calm him down.
The clip cuts to a moment when she and her son were outside of the plane, waiting on the jetbridge alongside authorities.
American Airlines addressed the situation, claiming in a statement to Fox News the party had refused to “comply with crew member instructions to remain seated while on an active taxiway and to wear face coverings securely over their nose and mouth”.
The airline claimed crew members were not informed of the child’s asthma attack or breathing complications.
They said “multiple attempts to reinforce safety requirements,” were made after staff witnessed “a minor in the party laying in the aisle and moving between seats on taxi out.”
Per American safety regulations, all passengers aged two years or older are required to wear a face mask on flights at all times unless eating or drinking.
“U.S. federal law requires that you wear a face covering at all times while indoors at the airport and on board your flight If you refuse to wear one, you may be denied boarding and future travel on American,” American Airlines’ website states. “You may also face penalties under federal law.”
After being removed from the aircraft, the airline said Pendarvis was rebooked on the next flight to Colorado the same day after agreeing to “adhere to policies instituted for the safety of our customers and crew.”