How Snug Vest reacted to the United Airlines Incident
Many of you have heard of the girl with Autism who was kicked off a United Airlines flight recently. If you haven't, here is what happened, and Snug Vest's response to this unfortunate situation.
On May 5th, Donna Beegle was flying home from a family holiday at Disney World with her husband, daughter (Juliette) and son. Juliette was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder just before she turned 3 years old. She is now 15 and has been flying all over the world with her mother for years and had no problems.
According to news reports, on that particular day the Beegle family had eaten dinner in Huston before boarding the flight, but Juliette had refused to eat. Aware that this could be a problem during the flight, as Juliette would likely need food, Donna packed some snacks. However, she knew that Juliette does not eat room-temperature meals, so upon boarding she asked the flight attendant if they could possibly purchase a warm meal from business class. They told her "no" multiple times, as Donna watch Juliette become increasingly anxious, knowing that a meltdown may not be far off.
Finally Donna was able to convince the flight attendant to give them a hot meal, which Juliette enjoyed and then calmly settled in to watch a movie. Shortly after that, there was an announcement that the plan would be stopping in Salt Lake City and the family was asked to deplane.
This situation saddened us. It is always heartbreaking to hear the stories of unaware individuals who make things harder for those with autism. This is why we reached out to Donna to let her know that we are fighting with her for increased autism awareness, including training for United Airline & all airline employees. We did this by sending Juliette a Snug Vest!
Donna said that Juliette loves pressure, so we thought Snug Vest could be another tool for her to use in the airport, while flying, and everywhere - at home, at school, at the grocery store, etc! Upon receiving it, Donna said
"We received the vest and she loves it. She thinks its a game and can't stop laughing when we pump it up. Thank you SO much for the vest."
From everyone at Snug Vest, we hope that Juliette loves her Snug Vest, and that your story has helped a few more people become more understanding and accommodating of individuals with autism, and all people!