|Quoting jonathan-l (Reply 4):|
Our society needs to learn how to deal with autism and people with mental illness.
|Quoting eaa3 (Reply 19):|
What is wrong with you people. Is common sense not a thing anymore. What kind of society so we live in when we can't handle the fact that a kid with autism might scratch someone if they get mad. It's not a big deal. Using this logic they should simply deny every kid with autism or developmental challenges the right to fly.
Sorry, but you lose that argument the moment you say it is okay for a child to scratch someone, let's just throw this out there, I am on blood thinners, when I cut or scratch myself I bleed like a pig, do you really want a bio situation on a plane ? It can happen, the airline has the responsibility to look after all it's passengers.
|Quoting pnwtraveler (Reply 29):|
For anyone who is knowledgeable about Autism this is much more to this story than on the surface. Autism is a broad spectrum disorder that manifests itself in many ways.
Yes it does, more to follow.
|Quoting 4holer (Reply 30):|
And mom stating that her child has autism is not intended as an excuse, but an important bit of information as to what the situation is and what would be an appropriate course of action
Which would have helped if she had told UA
when booking the tickets, rather than at 30,000 ft over Utah.
Okay, to follow on....
When the wife and I decided to get married, a friend of hers said sorry she couldn't make it, this upset my wife, the friend and I got talking about a week out, it turned out that she had no one to look after child, who is autistic and she didn't want to fly with him. I ended up arranging for the wife and I to fly down to PHX
, meet them and fly back to LAS
When booking the tickets I explained to US the situation and that really, there was nothing to be done except notifying the flight crew.
The sons main issue is, there are times when he sees something, he wants to hold it, not play with it, not break it, just hold it and look at it, as pnwtraveler says, autism comes in many forms, in this case it is very mild, but, if the child doesn't get to hold what he wants, it's nasty, i've seen it, so from that point of view I can understand were the lady is coming from.
Before we boarded, we were called to the podium, the Captain wanted to talk to us, he clearly wanted to check the situation for himself and I can't say I blame him for that. We boarded first, took our seats in the back row, the child who was 4 at the time was loving his first trip on a plane, while his mother and my wife got him settled a light bulb went off, there could be an issue during the safety demo, what do kids love, bright things...like life jackets !
I talked to the FA
, who called the purser who had already talked to the captain, I explained my fears so they understood what could happen and we would do our best to distract the child. Well of course, during the demo he spots the nice bright yellow vest and reaches out for it, the FA
without missing a beat, takes it off and hands it to him, she grabs another demo one out of the bin and carries on with safety briefing, the child spent the flight looking at the vest, the flight went peacefully.
Anyways, long winded I know, but I just wanted to point out a couple of things.
If you let the airline know, they will make accommodations.
If you let the crew know ahead of time, they will work with you, they are human, some are mothers, as we sometimes on this site tend to treat the crews like objects, I am happy to see the majority of posters in this thread not do that, I am sure that the FA
in question on the UA
flight would have much preferred not to be put in that situation.