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A child with autism did not sit still on a United Airlines flight. Then the crew and passengers intervened to help


The boy wanted to lie on the floor and travel the plane, including first class. They were all understanding and left a message to their mother.

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(CNN) - Braysen is a 4-year-old autistic boy who generally loves to fly. But he had a collapse on a United Airlines flight from San Diego to Houston.

That was when the crew and the passengers of the plane joined to help him.

The boy's mother, Lori Gabriel, of Cypress, Texas, told CNN that Braysen took off his seat belt just before takeoff, saying he wanted to sit on the floor.

“It was impossible to contain it. He was fighting with me and his father. It took us both to try to take him back to his chair and put on his seat belt again. He started kicking, screaming and hitting. ” Gabriel said "It was then that a flight attendant came and told us that the flight could not take off until I was seated."

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"I told him that the child has autism, we are trying, give us a minute."

The flight attendant walked away, while Gabriel was still trying to keep the child in his seat. He returned with two other hostesses who asked the mother how they could help them.

"Then they took action," Gabriel added. First, they let Braysen sit on his lap to take off while the father held him. Then, after turning off the seat belt sign, his mother let the boy lie down because he was screaming and fighting with her.

Then the crew let him sit on the floor next to them. "When it's overstimulated, the vibration makes it feel better," Gabriel said.

At one point, the boy inadvertently kicked a passenger sitting in front of them, a United Airlines flight attendant who was not working during the flight.

"She was just being nice and said it was fine if he kicked her," Gabriel said.

Braysen, during the flight.

Then, the boy went to first class and started kicking a man's seat, playing with him. "Braysen seemed happy there, so we didn't want to move it," the woman said. “Then I told the man 'I'm sorry', but he said he didn't care, he introduced himself to Braysen and gave him five palms. He said "you can kick my chair, I don't care."

"Everyone in first class was kind to him, asked his name, showed him photos on their phones and let him sit whenever he wanted," Gabriel said. "The hostesses kept asking if we needed anything, making sure everyone was taken care of."

Just before leaving, the off-duty light assistant who sat in front of them gave Gabriel a hug and a handwritten note congratulating her on his strength. “You and your family are loved and supported,” says the note.

“Never let anyone make you feel as if you were an inconvenience or a burden. He is a blessing, ”says the note“ God bless your patience, your love, your support and your strength. She is still a super woman. ”

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Gabriel posted a photo of the note on Facebook along with photos of Braysen on the flight and thanks to United.

United Airlines tweeted in response: “It seems certain that Braysen and his family had a great flight. We are happy that our crew was able to make it a pleasant experience. We are delighted to see that we have such loving and supportive passengers on board too! We hope to see Braysen again soon! ”

Gabriel said his son generally loves to fly, but the flight earlier this month was his first long flight. The family was traveling back home from San Diego, where they had been on vacation.

"I am overwhelmed by all this kindness, it makes me want to cry," she said.

“For the first time, people have been very understanding and supportive of Braysen's autism. It's very promising, we don't have to worry about what other people think because there are people who care, who understand. It gives me a lot of hope for the future. ”


Source: cnnespanol

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