I call shenanigans. An autistic teen and her family were thrown off United Flight 1535 in an emergency stop because the girl was ‘disruptive’.
“She started getting a little upset and I started thinking, ‘You know what? She didn’t eat her dinner,” Donna Beegle told KOIN 6 News. “I know her, when she gets overhungry or overthirsty, she really struggles because she can’t tell us and she gets really frustrated.” Juliette, a 15-year-old sophomore at Tigard High School, has autism. Beegle said they’ve become very good at anticipating what Juliette needs and how she’ll react to certain things. She said her daughter is “extremely picky” about what she eats, and she asked if there was a hot meal she could buy from the first-class section of the flight.At first, she was told no, she said, and then explained her daughter’s needs. “He said, ‘No, I can’t make an exception.’” Beegle told KOIN 6 News she explained that if her daughter didn’t get a hot meal, she would “get to the meltdown point” and maybe scratch someone. Juliette soon got a first-class meal.
Soon, she said, Juliette – sitting in a window seat – was calm and watching a video when a cabin announcement told passengers the plane was making an emergency landing in Salt Lake City due to a passenger “in the back of the plane who has behavior issues.” Paramedics came on board and eventually made their way to where the Beegles were sitting. They asked if everything was fine, and the Beegles said yes. “They could see Juliette was sitting there watching her show,” she said.”
Now, the airline is claiming that nuh-uh no way did they kick an autistic kid off their flight just because the kid was autistic. Most passengers, however, have supported Donna Beegle’s version of events. Moreover, there is a video making rounds on the internet showing the now-docile teen being led from the plane by paramedics, who were clearly confused. The guy who taped it, Chris Hall, can be heard to be asked to stop filming by a stewardess, but he resumed filming shortly after wards. On the video, you can hear him and a fellow passenger calling the families eviction “ridiculous” and speculate that the family should file a law suit. You can check out the video here:
Donna Beegle was so sure that her daughter had been treated unfairly, that before “leaving the plane, Beegle said she made police take statements from the other passengers. She said one officer told her, “You have a lot of people on your side saying this was not an issue.”
Mr. Hall, the guy who filmed the removal, said “The child would make noise every now and then, no louder than, say, a baby crying,” Hall told KOIN 6 News. “I don’t think they should have landed a plane for her being fussy.”
However, there was at least one twatwaffle by the name of Marilyn Hedlund who claimed that the the pilot was right to land the plane. “There was a lot of howling, and we thought well, what’s going on? And it never stopped,” Hedlund said.“She wasn’t put off the plane because she had autism, she was put off the plane because she was maybe proposing some kind of a threat, to (about) 170 other people at 36,000 feet, which doesn’t make anyone feel safe,” Hedlund said. “What if she got crazy and got up and opened an exit door at 36,000 feet?”
Well, goodness. I am shocked the other passengers didn’t hear the howling and I assume the video showing a completely quite and cooperative child leave the window seat of the plane was doctored to make Marilyn Hedlund look like a heartless douche who lied/exaggerated to make the kid seem worse than she was. Hmmm … perhaps Marilyn Hedlund would like to explain how exactly was a 15 year old girl, whose biggest crime was becoming agitated and making noise to warn her parents of an impending meltdown, leap from her window seat over both her parents and run faster than anyone could stop her to the emergency door and then get that thing open in mid flight? You know, in defiance of the laws of physics?
“You cannot – repeat, cannot – open the doors or emergency hatches of an airplane in flight. You can’t open them for the simple reason that cabin pressure won’t allow it. Think of an aircraft door as a drain plug, fixed in place by the interior pressure. Almost all aircraft exits open inward. Some retract upward into the ceiling; others swing outward; but they open inward first, and not even the most musclebound human will overcome the force holding them shut. At a typical cruising altitude, up to eight pounds of pressure are pushing against every square inch of interior fuselage. That’s over 1,100 pounds against each square foot of door. Even at low altitudes, where cabin pressure levels are much less, a meager 2 p.s.i. differential is still more than anyone can displace — even after six cups of coffee and the aggravation that comes with sitting behind a shrieking baby. The doors are further held secure by a series of electrical and/or mechanical latches.”
Basically, Marilyn Hedlund and the pilot of United Airlines flight 1535 assumed autistic teen girls are so dangerous that they can perform superhuman feats of strength to disrupt a flight. Do they think autistic people were exposed to gamma rays and will Hulk-out? And that their imminent Hulkness is preceded by rocking and crying?
Well, Marilyn Hedlund and the pilot of United Airlines flight 1535 are not alone in their ignorance and grotesque inability to sympathize. You should see some of the nasty, holier-than-thou bullshit being said on Facebook and in comments threads. You know, how the parents should have done something about the girl’s “tantrum” (like spanking or smacking her because that is EXACTLY how to help kids with autism) and the pilot was right to get that dangerous not-quite-human teen off the plane for the ‘safety’ of all the good (i.e. normal) people on board.
First, all of those without an autistic child or a Ph.D in developmental psychology who are criticizing the parents can STFU right now. Seriously. Your pie hole is open and your egocentric stupidity is hanging out and none of us want to see it. It’s ugly, just like the rest of your shriveled pseudo-soul. Also, your breath still smells like brimstone from the last time you sucked Satan off and is turning my stomach.
Secondly, a meltdown is DIFFERENT from a tantrum. Meltdowns are involuntary. They are driven by anxiety and need, not thwarted goals. Learn the difference before you comment, asshats.
Finally, are you planning on condoning the shitty treatment of ALL people with neurological disorders? Who else is getting kicked off a plane because they are “scary”? A veteran with PTSD who can’t stop shaking? Someone with an anxiety attack who is crying the whole flight? A toddler who is upset? A baby? What the fokk else is “disruptive” enough to land a plane just for distressed NOISES.
Do tell me, people like Marilyn Hedlund and pilot of United Airlines 1535 … who else is “some kind of threat” to you? Cause we’ll be sure to get those people away from your delicate sensibilities lest you be troubled by their imperfections, O Great Ones.
Also, fokk you in the earhole, you callous and misbegotten troglodytes.