Down Syndrome Teen Tossed from Plane - Dad Calls AA "Chicken"

By: CNN
By: CNN
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The parents of a 16-year-old California boy say American Airlines wouldn't let him fly because he has Down syndrome.

They say their son was denied boarding on a flight from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles Sunday, September 2.

Officials from American Airlines say the boy was "agitated and running around the gate area prior to boarding."

They say their actions were in compliance with the Air Carrier Access Act.

The boy's father says he hasn't heard from American Airlines directly.

"First of all, to the American Airline response... You know, they are such chickens. They could pick up the phone and call me. They could email me. But I haven't heard from them directly. So all I know is what people tell me they said," said Robert Vanderhorst.

American says the family should expect to hear from the airline soon.
The family ended up flying home on a different airline and American says it refunded the money the family paid to sit in first class.

The parents plan to file a discrimination lawsuit against the airline.


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