Teen Girl With Autism Kicked Off Flight, Captain “Wasn’t Comfortable Having Her on Board”

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   May 12, 2015   |   4:12PM   |   Washington, DC

In a world where abortion and euthanasia already devalue the lives of the disabled and those deemed “less than perfect,” here’s this.

According to ABC News, Donna Beegle and her family were asked to leave a United Airlines flight after the pilot made an emergency landing because he wasn’t “comfortable” with her child on board. Beegle’s 15-year-old daughter, Juliette, has Autism and wasn’t threatening anyone on the flight but apparently became a little “disruptive.”

Initially, when Juliette arrived on the plane she began crying because her food arrived cold so her parents asked for something hot. However, the flight attendants refused to help her because only first-class passengers receive hot food. Beegle said, “I was so frustrated. I was like, ‘I’m trying to prevent a meltdown here, if you could, so help us out.’ I said, ‘When she melts down and she’s upset, that’s when you’re gonna wanna help her.'”

Eventually, the flight attendant did bring her hot food and Juliette sat quietly watching a movie. However, 25 minutes later the plane landed, paramedics rushed in and police asked the family to leave. It’s important to note that the Captain never spoke with the Beegle’s directly about the situation.

The family was devastated and other passengers on the plane couldn’t believe it either. In fact, some of them began shouting at the officers and telling them to leave Juliette alone. Beegle said, “That was the wonderful part. The passengers really rallied and supported us.”

Beegle added, “Typically, if she starts crying, people bend over backward. This was sheer ignorance about autism. Any parent [would be upset] if you see your child treated disrespectfully as if they’re not human. I started to cry. I was crying for her.”

After the incident, the airline said the following in a statement: “After working to accommodate Dr. Beegle and her daughter during the flight, the crew made the best decision for the safety and comfort of all of our customers and elected to divert to Salt Lake City after the situation became disruptive. We rebooked the customers on a different carrier and the flight continued to Portland.”

Now the Beegle’s plan on suing United Airlines and have already filed a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration.



Beegle said the following on Facebook about the situation:

“Grateful for all the kind warm thoughts and I do not take offence to people who were not there and are making tons of assumptions. That’s normal. People do that when they only have a partial story and are often not understanding from the perspective of those having a particular experience.

For example, one person said it was a safety issue because what if she had got up and opened the exit door? What if the sky fell? She has NEVER remotely done anything like that. She is 15 and weighs 120 pounds. She was in a window seat, her 200 pound dad was next to her and I was next to him. There was no safety issue. Someone said her crying was disrupting. I have never seen a plane stopped for a crying infant (nor would I want to). Others made assumptions about us not being prepared. We had a back pack full of her favorite snacks.

Landing that plane and asking us to move to a Delta flight was wrong and rooted in ignorance. We did not go to the media or file a lawsuit for money, but rather to ask that airline staff receive training. With 1 in 68 children facing autism it is imperative to understand, be aware and for pete’s sake, if you can help in a situation, have compassion and help.”


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