Passengers clapping as a family got off a plane with their 7-year-old breaking out in hives, are the target of some harsh words on social media today. A family who had just finished visiting relatives in Washington was headed back home to Arizona when their son broke out in hives before the plane was set to depart.
Christina Fabian and George Alvarado were traveling with their son Giovanni when dogs on the plane triggered his allergic reaction. The plane was delayed after the parents informed the flight attendant that their son was suffering this reaction, reports News Max on February 25.
The flight attendant informed the parents that there were dogs on every flight and Fabian explained that the smirk on her face conveyed that she was minimizing this event. The parents had enough on their plate monitoring their son’s allergic reaction, which of course came along with much worry.
When their son’s condition did not improve, they were told they would need to get off the flight so the plane could take off, which the family did. NBC Local News reports that when they were asked to get off the plane, Fabian said:
“We understood. They helped us off the plane, but as we gathered our stuff the people toward the back of the plane clapped.” This clapping crushed Giovanni’s feelings and the boy blamed himself for the ordeal the family was in.
This is what added insult to injury to this incident for the family who now wonders why the passengers would applaud as the family left the plane with a sick little boy. Apparently they were more fixated on getting their journey going than it was for the well being of this little boy.
The clapping passengers had no idea that this trip was part of the boy’s father’s bucket list. He has stage four throat cancer which is terminal. Alvarado’s time on this trip was suppose to be memories made for the mom and son to carry with them after he is gone. Giovanni said “I am sad that this has to be a memory with my dad.”
Social media is full of reprimands for the passengers on this plane. Nellie Hughes writes on Twitter, “I hope @Allegiant contacts every single person on flight 171 and lets then know what they were clapping for.”
Jim G also took to Twitter to say “Fly a low-class airline like @Allegiant, and you can expect a low-class flight attendant who egged the clapping on.”
According to NBC Local News, “The airline, Allegiant, is in direct contact with the family and has offered their apologies for the negative experience and the inconvenience.”