SALT LAKE CITY — A couple from Oregon is planning to file a discrimination lawsuit against United Airlines after they and their daughter with autism were escorted off a plane.
The family was on their way home from Disney World when their 15-year-old daughter, Juliette, became frustrated.
She was hungry, and her parents asked if they could buy a meal from first class for her.
They were told no, until Juliette began to cry.
The flight attendant brought her food and she calmed down, but then they heard the pilot announce they were stopping the flight.
“Then we were shocked to hear him say we were going to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake City,” said Donna Beegle, Juliette’s mother.
Airport police asked them to leave the plane when they landed in Salt Lake City.
“After working to accommodate Dr. Beegle and her daughter during the flight, the crew made the best decision for the safety and comfort of all our customers and elected to divert to Salt Lake City after the situation became disruptive,” United Airlines said in a statement.