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Disabled Boy And His Service Dog Kicked Off Flight

Dorathy Gass

Nobody likes traveling on Thanksgiving, but many around the United States of America (and the world for that matter) pack up on the holiday and head home to enjoy this special meal with their loved ones. Sadly, when it comes to the Weasel family, their idea of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with their family was shattered this year after being kicked off a flight when they were heading home.

Picture it: Amy Weasel, her hubby, along with their disabled son (12 years of age) and Chugg (his therapy dog) were making the trudge home on Thanksgiving Day. They were heading to Evansville, Indiana after a holiday at Myrtle Beach. Connecting to a fourth flight on their itinerary (in Charlotte-Douglas, North Carolina), a flight attendant from American Airlines informed the family that their dog was too big to fly. Which seemed odd to the family, as Amy had gotten the ‘go ahead’ from the air carrier to allow the 110-pound golden doodle therapy dog access to the plane, just days earlier.

MSN reported that Weasel stated, she could tell from the attendant’s attitude, body language, and demeanor that she was not a fan of animals. According to Weasel the flight attendant stated that she had contacted management and once management were on the aircraft they informed Amy that she and her family needed to leave the plane.

Sadly, the dog and family, along with their child who suffers from severe epilepsy and is susceptible to seizures, left the plane. They were then rerouted to St. Louis, and the family rented a car to get home. The drive took three hours, and thus the Weasels missed Thanksgiving dinner. On top of all this, Amy was required to take the rental car back the very next day. More wasted time over an ordeal that was completely unnecessary.

The airline has sent out an apologetic statement since. American Airlines also offered a $150 voucher to the family, but it is not about the money at this point. Weasel is hoping that with this publicity, the airline will hire people in the future that have compassion when it comes to disabled individuals. She also has stated she hopes no one else goes through the same situation they did.