et's just quickly take a look back at what has happened with United Airlines this year.
First of all, there was the time they kicked two girls off of a flight for wearing leggings, more or less. Yes, the girls were kind of going against the dress code for the section they were in, but it wasn't handled well at all.
And who can forget Dr. David Dao?
United Airlines reached a settlement after a video of Dao being bloodied and dragged off an overbooked flight went viral.
And that's not all.
Shortly after that, a scorpion stung a man aboard a United flight from Houston to Calgary.
Other incidents include a giant rabbit that died aboard a flight, a newly married couple who claimed to have been kicked off a United flight over a seat dispute, and then a woman who claims she was forced to pee in a cup.
Not a great year to be working the ol’ United Airlines PR, eh?
Let’s add another one to the list.
Emily France claims that her four-month-old son began to overheat while she and her fellow passengers were trapped on an aircraft waiting to take off from Denver International Airport in the middle of a heatwave.
France told the Denver Post that it was hot to begin with when she and her son boarded the plane, but as they waited, the temperature continued to climb.
“I really thought my son was going to die in my arms,” she told the Denver Post. “They were not equipped to handle it,” France said. “They couldn’t evacuate us. It was chaos.”
The heat in Denver this week and last was record-breaking for the time of year, with Thursday’s temperature reaching 90 degrees.
“There was just hot air coming from the vents,” France said.
The flight was further delayed with refueling and was then rerouted due to bad weather. France attempted to cool her son down by wiping him down with wet naps, to no avail. Eventually, a flight attendant brought her ice to lay against her infant.
As the situation got worse, France was allowed to exit the aircraft for 20 minutes in an attempt to cool the baby but was then asked to return for takeoff.
“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” France said. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”
France said that she and other concerned passengers begged the flight’s staff to return to the gate, but the crew wouldn’t budge.
At that point they let her stand by the open door, where she held her baby and sobbed as he drifted in and out of consciousness. She guesses it took the plane 30 more minutes to return to the gate.
United told ABC News it took sixteen minutes from the time the pilots called the ambulance for it to arrive. She finally exited the aircraft with her son at about 3:45 PM.