Family Thrown Out Of Southwest Flight Over a Mask, Good Samaritan Pilot Helps Them Out
Erik and Michelle Harvey, a married couple from Denver, Colorado, recently posted a Facebook video of themselves and their two-year-old son, Jackson, being kicked off a flight on Southwest Airlines. What was the crime in question? The two-year-old Jackson refusing to wear a mask, despite repeated attempts by his parents to do so.
When asked about why this occurred, Southwest issued the following statement to FOX news:
“We regret the inconvenience this family experienced on their recent Southwest Airlines trip. However, federal law requires all Customers two and over to wear a face mask while at the airport and onboard the aircraft. This is communicated to Customers in multiple areas including during the booking process, checking in, boarding, and pre-flight messaging. Our Customer Relations Team has reached out to the Customers to further discuss the situation. We appreciate the ongoing support and spirit of cooperation among Southwest Customers and Employees as we take care of each other while striving to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Recent accelerations of draconian restrictions on the public like forced masking have perhaps been more abundantly clear with airlines than anywhere else. While Southwest made it clear that they have no regrets for their actions, they correctly pointed out that this policy is enacted at least in part due to recent changes in federal law. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has similarly discussed the same topic, with TSA officials citing executive orders from Joe Biden in January directly as a reason for forced masking on all travelers ages two and up.
Standing out from other instances, however, this story has a happy ending because private pilot James Peck stepped up to help the family out. After watching the Harvey family’s Facebook post, Peck explained “I knew that I could use that as a great excuse to go take a flight and help them out and get them here.” Peck later flew the family from Denver to their destination in Austin free of charge and offered to return them home as well.
When asked for his reaction, Erik explained “The miracles will come to you, things will show up, and that Good Samaritan will show up.”