When American Airlines noticed that a severely disabled 12-year-old boy was boarding a flight home after his first-ever vacation, they looked for a reason to kick him off and have someone else deal with him. That when they saw his service dog. The Airline then claimedthat the service dog was “too big” and the 12-year-old disabled boy would need to find another way home from vacation.
12-year-old Bryant Weasel has Dravet Syndrome, which is a rare form of epilepsy in which he experiences frequent and prolonged seizures. His service dog helps him prepare for an oncoming seizure, so he can get to safety.
Chug, Bryant’s 110-pound service dog, is trained to alert his family when he suffers from a seizure and comfort him while he experiences the debilitating episode.
- But American Airlines didn’t want such a “big” dog on their plane…
Bryant and Chug had loved their first-ever visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But during their return flight home on Thanksgiving Day, Bryant and his service dog, who was given to the family a year ago by a charity when his last dog suddenly died, were kicked out of the airplane while seated next to Bryant’s parents and his older sister…
When a flight attendant from PSA Airlines, a regional airline owned by American Airlines, saw Chug she argued that the dog was too large to travel, even questioning whether Chug was a legitimate service dog or not.
Because the incident further tarnished their poor reputation, American Airlines has apologized for the incident and offered the family discounts on future flights.