Family says they were kicked off flight because of daughter's 'autistic behavior'

(FOX News) An Oregon mom says her family was forcibly removed from a flight last week because her of her daughter's autism.

Donna Beegle KPTV that her family was flying back to Oregon from a Disney World vacation last Tuesday when her 15-year-old daughter, Juliette, began to get hungry during a layover in Houston. 

"I asked the flight attendant if they had anything hot, because Juliette is very particular about her food," Beegle told the station. "If it's warm she won't eat it, if it's cold she won't eat it, it has to have steam rolling off of it."

Initally, she was told that hot meals are for first class passengers only but the crew caved when Beegled told her about the meltdown that was likely coming.

As the plane made its way to Oregon, it made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City and the family was removed from the plane. 

"Police officers said 'We have to ask you to leave the plane,'" said Beegle. "I asked them 'Why?' and they said, 'The captain doesn't feel comfortable flying to Portland with your daughter on the flight.'"

Video of the removal was posted to YouTube and verified by the family.

The airline released this statement to KPTV:

"After working to accommodate Dr. Beegle and her daughter during the flight, the crew made the best decision for the safety and comfort of all of our customers and elected to divert to Salt Lake City after the situation became disruptive. We rebooked the customers on a different carrier and the flight continued to Portland."

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