A traveler backed for refusing to accommodate child's disease claims he sat next to a family with a 9-year-old son on a trip from New York to Los Angeles.
He claim to have Type 1 diabetes, which often first appears in adolescence, and that they were experiencing symptoms when he boarded the aircraft. u/illf**ckineatyoutoo began to eat a snack because he was aware that they would need to eat in a few hours.
The parents began giving them "bad looks" at that point and requested them not to eat due to their son. He agreed even though they made no further explanations at this time and decided to wait till the flight attendant arrived with snacks before eating.
When it was time to place their order, u/illf**ckineatyoutoo was ready to do so when the child's father interrupted, saying, "Nothing for this row, we're all set here."
They pressed the call button to receive the snacks to help with their diabetes symptoms as the flight attendant continued on her way, but the boy's father interrupted them.
The father says 'our son has prader-willi, we'd prefer it if you didn't eat because it causes tantrums when he doesn't know he can't eat and he's always hungry'.
I'm close to a tantrum myself at this point and so I look him in the eye and say 'I do not care, fly private if you want to control your surroundings'.
U/illf**ckineatyoutoo ordered his food when the flight attendant comes back. He claimed that after eating, he felt significantly better and could resume working. The mother attempted to cut them off as they opened their laptop by saying, "I feel a calling to educate you about my son's disease."
"I felt my entire body clench up. She keeps talking to me and explaining how I'd made her son feel and I said 'listen lady, I don't f**king care, I'm going to handle my [Type 1 diabetes] the way I see fit and you're going to handle your son the way you see fit. I'm not endangering myself because you don't want to deal with a tantrum, if you want to control other people then you book all the seats in a row or you fucking fly private,'" wrote u/illf**ckineatyoutoo.
Patients with the rare condition Prader-Willi syndrome experience constant hunger. The 15th pair of chromosomes' missing or dysfunctional genes are the root of the disease. Because their brain can not recognize when it is full, many obese people have this condition.
According to the Center for Disease Information, further symptoms include low stature, developmental delays, cognitive impairment, and specific behavioral traits such temper tantrums, stubbornness, and obsessive-compulsive tendencies.
- Poor muscle tone (hypotonia).
- Ineffective sucking reflex.
- Inadequate attentiveness in general.
- Inadequate genitalia.
Traveler backed for refusing to accommodate child's disease on Reddit. After the flight, he told a friend what had happened, and the friend advised him to reconsider his actions because the family should have been given some leeway because the son had Prader-Willi syndrome.