Mum ‘humiliated’ after being kicked off flight when toddler ‘pulled mask down’

A furious mum has claimed she was "humiliated" when she was hauled off a plane because her two-year-old son removed his face mask to eat a snack.

Jodi Degyansky, 34, said she was told on multiple occasions Hayes needed to be wearing his mask due to the coronavirus pandemic on the flight from Fort Myers, Florida, to Chicago.

She claims she assured flight attendants they would wear the mask for the whole flight.

But Jodi alleged the Southwest Airlines flight which had already left the gate turned back to kick her and her lad off the plane even though she argued Hayes had put his mask back on.

Ms Degyansky said: "Flight attendants kept coming over asking if we would wear it the full flight, and I said he would.

"It definitely was a struggle but something we’re working on.

"A couple minutes later, we were pulled back into the gate and I was asked to leave the plane accompanied by the manager, the supervisor, the flight attendants and the pilot."

The mum said she wants airlines to be more compassionate with parents who have young children and struggle keeping their masks on the entire flight.

She said she felt humiliated for having to leave the plane.

Ms Degyansky had to book herself onto an American Airlines flight and forked out another $600 (£460).

Centers for Disease Control in the US gives guidelines saying children two years and above should wear a mask if it's hard to social distance.

Southwest Airlines said it was looking into the incident and would reach out to the customer.

A spokesman said: "Southwest Airlines requires all customers over the age of two to wear a face mask while travelling to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.

"We communicate this policy to all customers at multiple touchpoints throughout the travel journey including during booking, in a pre-trip email sent prior to departure, and during a required acknowledgement that's part of the customer health declaration form."

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