California Teen With Down Syndrome Not Allowed to Fly First Class

The boy's parents have reportedly flown with their son without any problems at least 30 times.

A Southern California family says they were denied entry onto an American Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey back to their Porterville home, near Bakersfield, because their son has Down Syndrome, according to an article on the Huffington Post.

The Vanderhorst family had decided to splurge on first-class plane tickets for the first time, but on Sunday while the family was waiting to board the flight an American Airlines representative allegedly pulled them aside and said the pilot thought their 16-year-old son Bede was a "flight risk."

Joan and Robert Vanderhorst had reportedly flown without issue with their son at least 30 times, the Huffington Post reported.

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Bren September 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
WTF? Don't post 9/11 airplanes come with "hardened" cockpits? If a sweet kid with Down syndrome has the ability to "disrupt" the pilot, I'd hate to think what a terrorist could accomplish!
Phyllis McArthur September 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I totally agree with Bren, having a close family member with Down Syndrome, it's absolutely rediculous to think that this child could even get close to disrupting the flight It's a sad day when this kind of abuse is allowed to happen.


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