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Four-year-old autistic boy ‘banned for life’ from US airline after mask-free goods

The father of a four-year-old with autism says he and his son have been “banned for life” by a WE Airlines after he tried to prove his son was medically exempt from wearing a mask on flights.

Michael Seklecki said to Fox News that his son was twice blocked from boarding Frontier and Spirit Airlines flights even though he had a doctor’s note about his son’s medical exemption.

He says the ongoing mass of mask waivers has led to Frontier Airlines banning the pair from all flights.

“He’s been banned for life on Frontier Airlines… I’m also specifically banned,” Mr. Seklecki told Fox’s Ingraham’s Corner only.

Mr. Seklecki said he is suing the Transportation Security Administration as well as Spirit and Frontier Airlines over their mask policies.

He claims his son is medically exempt from wearing a mask due to his autism, with the child’s doctors agreeing he can’t “stand” wearing a mask – and says he presented the doctor’s notes to the airline staff on both occasions.

Frontier Airlines told the family that the doctors’ notes do not “override company policy at Frontier.”

The boy’s parents said that Michael Seklecki Jr, 4 years old, received regular medical treatment in Boston.

“Being denied travel for medical care is purely frustrating,” said Mr Seklecki, who said he received “horrible and condescending” service from airline staff when he give proof of his son’s medical condition.

The US has mandated nationwide mask wearing for all airlines, airports and train stations as of August 2020.

“Most people, including people with disabilities, can safely tolerate and wear a face mask and are required to wear one by CDC Order,” order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“However, certain individuals with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask or are unable to wear a mask safely, are exempt from the CDC’s requirement to wear a mask.”

It gives a breakdown of specific defects that mean passengers are exempt from the mask requirement.

The mask rule was later extended to January 2022 and most recently to March 2022.

“If you break the rules, be prepared to pay,” Biden said in September, announcing that the fine for non-compliance would double.

“And by the way, show some respect. The anger you see on television towards flight attendants and others doing their jobs is wrong. No really sucks.”

The Independent contacted Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and TSA to comment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/austistic-four-year-old-banned-airline-masks-b1971925.html Four-year-old autistic boy ‘banned for life’ from US airline after mask-free goods

JOE HERNANDEZ

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