Parents Claim Airline Refused to Allow Down Syndrome Child to Board

They were told the boy was a "security risk" but put him on a later flight


A California family who was not allowed to board their cross-country flight said Tuesday that they were discriminated against because their son has Down syndrome.

Robert Vanderhorst, his wife Joan and 16-year-old son Bede, who is disabled, were flying on American Airlines from Newark to Los Angeles on Sunday when the boy and his parents were not allowed on the plane.