Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What if it happened to you?

The full story is here.

The summary is: there were two families, both with special kids, on the same flight. They were asked to get off the plane because allegedly as told 'by other passengers that according to the plane's crew, it was against the airline's policy to have 2 "mentally-ill" passengers in the same flight.'

According to the airlines, 'It said the incident was "a result of the cabin crew's misinterpretation of government regulations designed to assure the safety of passengers." Then the airline crews might be badly in need to attend seminars to know more about the regulations; and be more informed about those special child 'conditions.'

One child is autistic and one child have a condition called 'Global Developmental Delay.' According to the news: the moms felt like they were criminals during the whole accident. The moms felt their kids were incorrectly branded as 'mentally retarded.'

What if it happened to you?

I cant blame them, reading about what happened gave me bad feelings, too. Plus, it is also another traumatic experience for those special kids whom their families tried to protect; only to be confronted with such insensitive people.

Being a mom is not easy, and being a mom to a special kid is being a special mom, too.

I salute the two moms who are now fighting for their rights. I salute them for standing for people who are make special kids suffer because of their ignorance. And I salute them specially for emphasizing that special kids are kids, too.


Vlado&Toni said...

what?? i think they can sue that plane for doing that. unbelievable!

Jessica said...

We have travelled everywhere with our severely autistic child and it is a very challenging task. We try our best to make sure people will not be disturbed by the "odd" noises and behavior. But to be asked to leave the plane like the child is a dangerous terrorist or drunk passenger is not only humiliating but very difficult to comprehend. I will sue their arses too if that happened to us.