A young seven-year-old boy was removed from a plane because he had an allergic reaction to a dog – and while this was happening, people cheered and applauded.
The kid, Giovanni, was returning to his home in Arizona after a trip to Washington with his father. Giovanni took the trip with his mother, Christina Fabian, and father, George Alvarado, who had been diagnosed with terminal stage 4 cancer.
“We were on Flight 171,” Fabian said, as reported by AZ Central. “He began to get very itchy and he was scratching all over. He started to get hives, so we informed the flight attendant who informed us that there’s dogs on every flight (…) which minimized his experience for me.”
While the takeoff was delayed because of Giovanni’s reaction, they were later asked to leave the flight. “We understood. They helped us off the plane, but as we gathered our stuff the people toward the back of the plane clapped,” Fabian said.
The holiday was meant to be a meaningful trip and had been on Alvarado’s “bucket list” to accomplish before he succumbs to the illness.
While the boy was experiencing his allergic reaction, some people were laughing. They even clapped and cheered as the family packed their possessions and left the plane. The family flew back home on a different flight two days later.
“I felt hopeless when everyone started laughing at me and my kid,” Alvarado said. “He was thinking that it’s his fault. He just kept saying, ‘Sorry, sorry.’ All of a sudden he just started crying.”
As reported by Sydney Morning Herald, Allegiant Air spokeswoman Kim Schaefer said that the physician consulted for medical emergencies advised Giovanni to get off the plane for his own well-being. The family complied with the doctor’s recommendation. The family was offered an accommodation and were rescheduled to a flight home two days later, Schaefer added.
“We are deeply regretful,” Schaefer said. “It’s definitely a really sad situation.” The airline, which is in contact with the family, has expressed apologies for the inconvenience the family had to endure.