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N.C. Autistic Boy, Mom Kicked Off American Eagle Plane

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Find out what happens when a mother can't control her autistic son on-board an American Airlines flight. To bring you up to speed on this developing story, EmpowHer has prepared for you a rundown on this story.

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A 2 1/2-year-old autistic North Carolina boy and his mother were kicked off an American Eagle flight taxiing to a Raleigh-Durham Airport Monday after the crew deemed the child "uncontrollable," WTVD reported.

"If they just would have been a little more understanding I think that none of this would have been a problem," the boy's mother, Janice Farrell, told the station, adding that the flight attendant made things worse.


The mother, Janice Farrell, told ABC News that the boy was being difficult, but the situation escalated because the flight crew lacked patience and understanding for dealing with special needs children.


In a prepared statement released to the media, American Airlines said that "Though, ultimately, the parent's violation of FAA regulations was the cause for removal, both situations contributed to an uncomfortable and potentially unsafe atmosphere for our passengers and crew. Our responsibility is to maintain the safety and comfort of all our passengers, therefore the captain taxied the airplane back to the gate before departure and the passengers were removed."

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