Within the last few weeks, one of the most widely covered stories in mainstream news has been the story about the airline scandal concerning the plane removal scandal between United Airlines and David Dao. In more recent news, a similar but much less extreme scandal surfaced, this time however involving a mother and her children going up against the employees of an American Airlines aircraft.
In this situation, while boarding, a mother with her twin babies in the stroller was asked to remove the stroller from the aircraft, due to an American Airlines policy of no strollers being allowed in the cabin area. The mother protested and this was when the crew member proceeded to forcefully grab the stroller from her, allegedly hitting her and just missing the children.
This outraged the mother and some of the surrounding passengers. In an attempt to speak up for the mother of two, passenger Olivia Morgan yelled at the crew member, to which he responded by yelling back and telling her to “stay out of it.” A man then stood up initiating a verbal confrontation between him and the crew member.
The mother and her children were ultimately removed and put onto a different flight and upgraded to first class.
The airline’s quick and efficient response to the situation comes with great contrast to the previously covered situation with Dr. David Dao. The crew member was immediately suspended for inappropriate behavior and unwarranted violence.
The mother has since gotten a lawyer, which ironically enough, is the same lawyer covering Dr. Dao and his situation with United Airlines.