Family kicked off flight at Heathrow because toddler, 2, wouldn’t wear mask

A mum has revealed how her family was kicked off a transatlantic flight about to take off from Heathrow airport, London because her two-year-old son was not wearing a mask.

Angela Artis, 31, and her husband, Darien, were travelling home to Charlotte in the US on a connecting flight from Greece when a flight attendant asked that the baby wear  a mask.

The family had boarded American Airlines flight 733 on Sunday, October 17 after renewing their wedding vows in Santorini, Greece.

Family kicked off plane at Heathrow because their 2 year old baby wouldn?t wear mask

They had travelled from Charlotte in North Carolina via Boston and London with American Airlines and British Airways on the outbound journey without baby Mason wearing a mask.

But both parents were fully vaccinated.

 Mrs Artis told ‘To start with a couple of the flight attendants were lovely, they were super-nice giving my son a hug and a lollipop, they even tried to give him a peck on the cheek through their masks.

‘But about 25 minutes before the flight was due to take off another attendant came over and pointed a finger at my baby. 

Family kicked off plane at Heathrow because their 2 year old baby wouldn?t wear mask

‘She said “he needs to put a mask on or he’s got to go” in a very rude way.

‘My heart dropped. We had no idea it was a strict policy because we had travelled that entire way without my son wearing a mask.

Mrs Artis, said she tried to reason with the attendant but the plane then rode back to the terminal.

Mrs Artis was in tears as the parents complained to an American Airlines representative in the airport.

‘He basically agreed with us,’ Mrs Artis said.

‘He said they shouldn’t have turned the plane around for a two-year-old baby. He was shocked when he saw the video.’

In accordance with directives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Transportation Security Administration, American Airlines requires passengers aged two and older to wear face coverings at all times while indoors at airports and onboard.

American Airlines provided overnight accommodation and rebooked the Artis family onto the following day’s flight.

In a statement, the airline said: ‘On Oct. 17, American Airlines flight 733 returned to the gate prior to departure from London Heathrow to deplane a party failing to comply with the face mask requirement.

‘After agreeing to comply with the face mask requirement, all individuals were rebooked for travel on the next flight to Charlotte the following day.

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