An enraged family seeks legal action after being removed from a plane because the pilot does not want to fly with his daughter on board.
Furious mother Dr. Donna Beegle said that she will be filing a discrimination lawsuit after being kicked off the plane together with 15-year-old Juliette, her brother and father following an emergency landing.
The family asked for something in the first-class menu to keep her still after Juliette refused to eat her packed lunch.
Dr. Beegle stated that food prevents her from getting out of control and stop her from hitting someone.
She claimed that Juliette calmed down as she had ate her food and began watching movies in her window seat on the United Airlines flight from Texas to their home in Oregon, US.
Just 30 minutes later when the plane made an emergency landing in Utah, police arrived to take away the family from the flight.
According to KOIN, the only reason police offered was that the pilot did not feel at ease flying the plane with Juliette on board.
Dr. Beegle said that she has traveled around the globe with her daughter but did not encounter such problems before.
She stated that a “fear of autism” lay behind the treatment towards their family, who are from Oregon.
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A video on YouTube filmed by a passenger, which can be seen below, shows the plane that landed in Utah, with Juliette and her family looking composed in their seats.
One witness stated,” That’s ridiculous. That’s gonna be a lawsuit.”
Dr. Beegle has settled official complaints with Federal Aviation Authority and United.
She stated that she wants to promote understanding of autism and to make sure that all airline employees are given the right training to help out passengers who have the same condition.
A representative for the airline stated: “After working to accommodate Dr Beegle and her daughter during the flight, the crew made the best decision for the safety and comfort of all of our customers and elected to divert to Salt Lake City after the situation became disruptive.
“We rebooked the customers on a different carrier and the flight continued to Portland.”