A seven-year old and his parents were asked to leave an Allegiant airplane because of an allergic reaction. The measure was taken so the plane could take flight, and the other passengers applauded the gesture.
Giovanni Fabian was supposed to travel to Phoenix with his mother Christina and his terminally ill father Alvarado, who has stage four throat cancer. Unfortunately, the boy developed an allergy to the animals that were on board, which manifested itself with hives and severe itching. As a result, the parents announced the staff of the aircraft of their problem.
The reply of one of the flight attendants was that the cause of the allergy was the presence of dogs on board. Smirking, he then asked the Fabian family to leave the plane and board another one. The three of them proceeded to take their belongings and luggage, when they were surprised to notice that the other passengers have started to applaud.
The boy was terribly affected by their reaction, as he was already battling depression over the condition of his father. His remark was that
“People who don’t have sadness, they don’t understand.”
No one seemed to understand the level on which Giovanni was affected. The boy further explained that his family had a bucket list to complete, and their trip to Bellingham was part of it. Since his father has terminal cancer, the trip was the best opportunity for them to spend quality time and gather beautiful memories together.
Unfortunately, the experience that was supposed to be joyful had this horrible moment. The family felt helpless and ashamed as the crowd was clapping. However, Alvarado, the father, tried to turn the bad into good as he taught his boy to continue to be nice to people, in spite of the way they were treated. While no one could explain this out of place reaction, the Allegiant airline company did contact the family later on to apologize.
When a bunch of passengers applaud as allergic boy is booted off plane we are presented with another sign of the lack of empathy we have developed. While these people might not have been aware of the father’s illness, the allergic reaction of Giovanni is not something to make fun of. Thankfully there are people like Alvarado who continue to teach their children to be good in spite of the negative experiences they might have.
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