American Airlines 'refused Down's teenager'


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The Independent US

A California family who were not allowed to board an internal flight claim that they were discriminated against because their son has Down's syndrome.

Robert Vanderhorst, his wife Joan and 16-year-old son Bede were booked to fly on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles but were stopped by airline personnel.

They were told their son was a "security risk" and would not be allowed on the flight, Mr Vanderhorst said. American Airlines said the boy was agitated, which his parents dispute.