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Dying dad, sick son booted off plane to applause back home in Arizona

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Couldn't the cabin crew have asked passengers in another part of the plane to change seats with the boy?

Either way I don't see any reason for cheering.

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Heartless

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Why was the family treated in such a manner. I hope that Allegiant Air, the subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company goes belly up and anyone of their staff or their families gets a taste of bad karma. Dirt bags but hey it is a Las Vegass based company.

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Couldn't the cabin crew have asked passengers in another part of the plane to change seats with the boy?

Exactly, not the kind of company I will select to fly.

Either way I don't see any reason for cheering.

Me neither, why are people so heartless.

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Who cheers for a boy who is breaking out in hives? Unless the parents were being ***hats, I can't see any reason for them to cheer. Something seems to be missing from this report.

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Aizo: I agree. I think we are just getting the one side of the story. There seems to be a lot of reporting like this but then once all the facts are out, the story is quite different.

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Welcome to the typical American airline and typical American passengers. Why prefer Asian airlines.

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This does in no way excuse the actions of the other passengers, but there was a report on ABC news this am that the dog was a service animal.

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Since when are dogs taken into the cabin? Don't they belong into a transport basket in a freight area together with all other animals on the plane?

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So wait, the boy was having a severe allergic reaction... to a dog in the passenger area!?!?!? I haven't flown in a long time, but the times I have pets were NEVER allowed in the passenger area. They're usually stowed away below in pet travelling containers. How the hell did that happen!?

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I love dogs as much as anyone. That being said, I cannot stand the self-entitled people who bring their pets EVERYWHERE. I saw a couple with their dog (no service vest) in the produce section of a Walmart! WTF! I understand a service dog if a person is blind of severely disabled, but more times than not this isn't the case. Or they bribed some vet/shrink to make their pooch a service animal cause they have "anxiety". It's just people who, REALLY don't care about others well being or preference, doing what they want with no regard.

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The headline is slightly misleading. But if I were that family I would never use that company again, even if they have the chance.

"Chris Janelli, Executive Director for the Center for Canine Behavior Studies in Connecticut said the incident might be indicative of the relationship people have with their pet companions."

Yeah, because THAT makes sense! I doubt very much the dog was the companion of the son, who immediately broke out in serious hives when he got on the plane.

Talk about bringing in a non-issue to bring out the stupidity in the airline and the woman at the Center for Canine Behaviour Studies!

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Something is not right with this article. There is information missing or something. I just cannot fathom how a sick boy and a man dying of throat cancer get kicked off a plane and applauded for being so. Even in America, it seems unusually cruel/weird. There has to be more to this than what is being reported.

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Must have been a flight of self-righteous and aggressive conservatives, who are turning the US into a Fascist State.

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For more info, here's the local TV story:

http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2016/02/24/cancer-patients-call-courtesy/80841756/

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Must have been a flight of self-righteous and aggressive conservatives, who are turning the US into a Fascist State.

Really?

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Couldn't the cabin crew have asked passengers in another part of the plane to change seats with the boy?

Exactly, not the kind of company I will select to fly.

I'm allergic to cat dander. I could be in row 1 and the cat in the rear galley and within 20 minutes I would start to react. Putting distance between the allergy source and the allergy patient doesn't always work.

Regarding why the rest of the passengers cheered and the flight attendant "smirked", you need to understand you're only hearing one side of the story - one that obviously was told in a manner to put the family in the best light possible. The rest of the passengers wouldn't care one bit unless the family was impacting them in some negative way, demanding loudly that the dog be removed, issuing other orders, etc. The smirk could simply be that "mom" said something so self-centered that the flight attendant couldn't help herself. We don't know but we can make educated guesses based on human behavior.

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Either way I don't see any reason for cheering.

Apparently the flight was delayed 2 hours, and then they saw the 3 persons leaving while departure was announced, so they applauded the "end of the problem". It's more indifference than nastiness. It's likely most people had no idea of the allergy of the son, as only people just next to him could see the hives. And they couldn't guess the illness of the dad. They assumed a family of weirdos caused delay for no reason.

I just cannot fathom how a sick boy and a man dying of throat cancer get kicked off a plane

I heard the mother. From what she said they were not 'kicked off', staff and medics tried to treat the boy on board (hence the delay), but they decided that he couldn't stay on that flight as he risked a new fit, and she agreed to it. But apparently, she wanted her 15 minutes on twitter.

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