Family removed from Southwest flight after 3-year-old son with autism would not wear a face mask

A Texas woman says that she was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Monday after her three-year-old son with autism would not wear a face mask, in violation of the airline’s COVID-19 policy.

Houston resident Alyssa Sadler says that her Southwest flight from Midland, Texas to Houston returned to the gate when her son refused to wear the protective mask. Her family, including her one-year-old daughter, was asked to exit the plane.

“When you get kicked off your flight because your 3 year old autistic child won’t wear a mask,” Sadler wrote on Facebook. “Looks like I’m stuck here in midland.”

Sadler told local TV station KPRC her son has a sensory processing disorder and does not like to have his face touched. She said she had a note from the boy’s doctor about his condition.

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