United Airlines In DEEP SH*T After People See What They Did To 4-Month-Old Baby


A Colorado mother had a terrifying experience on a United flight bound for Texas that was delayed on a Denver tarmac for nearly two hours. Emily France says her 4-month-old son Owen had to be hospitalized after overheating while temperatures in the cabin of the aircraft spiked.

France told the Denver Post that her child became overheated when the temperature in the cabin became unbearable. She said it was already hot when they boarded the plane, and the temperature spiked as they waited for what felt like forever on the runway.


“I really thought my son was going to die in my arms. They were not equipped to handle it. They said they couldn’t evacuate us. It was chaos.”

France boarded United Airlines flight 4644 around 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, expecting to take off thirty minutes later, according to NBC News. The temperature in Denver that day was 90 degrees except according to France there was just hot air coming from the vents.

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The flight was delayed to refuel due to a rerouting for bad weather. France and other passengers were allowed to exit the plane for 20 minutes, but were told to return because the plane was pushing away from the gate. France used wet wipes to try to keep him cool, and flight attendants brought her ice in garbage bags to try to help.


Emily France holds her four-month-old son, Owen, near an open door on United flight 4644 Thursday in Denver. France was waiting on an ambulance for her son who became overheated as the plane sat on the tarmac for nearly two hours. Owen was treated and released from Children's Hospital and is doing better, his mom said.

France stated –


“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming and then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

While France and other passengers begged for an ambulance, the flight crew argued about the best way to handle the situation whether they would push back to the gate or request rolling stairs. They allowed France stand by the open door at the front of the plane where she sobbed, holding her baby in her arms.

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France states her son was drifting in and out of consciousness, and she estimates it took the plane approximately 30 minutes to return to the gate.

United told ABC News it actually took 16 minutes from the time the pilots called the ambulance for it to arrive. France finally disembarked with her son at about 3:45 pm. Owen was treated and released from the hospital the next day.

In an emailed statement to The Denver Post, United said of the debacle –

“Yesterday, a child onboard flight 4644 at Denver International Airport experienced a medical issue while the aircraft was taxiing prior to takeoff. The pilot returned to the gate as our crew called for paramedics to meet the aircraft. Our thoughts are with the child and family, and we have been in contact to offer travel assistance.

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United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News

“This should never have happened. We are profoundly sorry to our customer and her child for the experience they endured. We are actively looking into what happened to prevent this from occurring again.”

“They seemed completely unprepared for a medical emergency,” France said.

Current regulations do not seem to be very comforting for passengers who experience this type of delay. At two hours they are required by law to provide a bathroom break, drinks, and food but only after the three hours mark has passed can passengers finally exit the aircraft. France thinks there should be some protocol for overheating especially in cases of small children, disabled, elderly and sometimes even some people with certain medical conditions. There should certainly be protocol for a child in medical distress.

France states that she hopes by sharing Owen’s ordeal this never happens to anyone ever again.

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