American Airlines Kicks Off Mom And Son For Their Rare Skin Condition

South Carolina mom Jordan Flake wrote on Facebook that she and her son Jackson were removed from a Thursday flight from El Paso, Texas, to Dallas, Texas because the flight crew was worried about her skin. Flake has a genetic skin condition called Ichthyosis, which dries out the skin. (She didn’t say whether her son is afflicted.) “While I’d like to share something positive, Jackson and I were just discriminated against…big time!” Flake wrote on Facebook. After seating themselves on the plane, an employee asked the two men sitting next to Flake, to stand. “He then quietly asked me about ‘my rash’ and if I had a letter from a doctor stating it was ok for me to fly,” wrote Flake.

She explained her condition to the man, who conversed with the flight crew and did an internet search for more information. When he returned, wrote Flake, he apologetically stated that she and her son would have to leave. “The pilot seemed ok with it,” she wrote. “But the flight attendant rudely said (without even acknowledging me) ‘Well, she doesn’t have a letter from a doctor, so…'”

She also posted on Facebook: **just to clarify, my issue is with the crew. Not the airline employee. He was called by the crew to remove me from the plane. He was very helpful and mad about the situation. He tried advocating for me!**



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