Spirit Airlines has come under fire for kicking an autistic boy and his dad off a flight from Las Vegas to Dallas because the four-year-old wasn’t wearing a mask.
Carter Kimball, who is non-verbal with autism, was left in tears crying on the ground of Las Vegas Airport Monday morning after being removed from the plane despite his mom saying they had a doctor’s note exempting him from wearing a mask.
The four-year-old was traveling home to Little Rock, with a stopover in Dallas, with his father Cameron and babysitter after they flew out to Las Vegas Friday to visit family.
Carter’s mom Callie Kimball said the trio had also taken the outbound trip with Spirit and there had been no issues with her son not wearing a mask on that flight.
She said her son is ‘obsessed’ with planes but, due to his autism, he holds his breath or hurts himself if a mask is put on his face.
‘He had a medical note from his physician stating that he’s exempt from wearing masks because whenever he wears a mask he holds his breath or he starts freaking out and he will harm himself,’ Kimball said from their home in Little Rock where she was awaiting her family’s return.