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Airport Forces Boy to Change Anxiety-Provoking T-Shirt

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Ten-year-old Stevie Lucas was returning home to New Zealand from a family trip to South Africa to visit his grandparents when security officers at Johannesburg airport prevented him from boarding the plane because he was wearing a black t-shirt with a large, green snake graphic wrapped around it.

His parents, Steve and Marga Lucas, told local media that the officers told them that snake toys and printed clothing were not allowed and that it was their determination that the image could cause anxiety among fellow passengers.

To avoid inciting further drama, Stevie’s mom told him to simply turn the shirt inside-out to hide the snake, and he was thereafter allowed to board the flight.

According to Daily Mail Australia, the airport offered its justification for the officers’ actions, saying, “Security officers have the right to determine if an object has the potential to harm fellow passengers, and crew members by causing certain objects or prints to be anxious.”

A little miffed, the Lucas family emailed the Airports Company of South Africa about the incident and received a reply, which read, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Note that we asked for a more extensive reason for the clothing rules and restrictions. We will give you feedback as soon as we receive it.”

Stevie, whose mother was born in South Africa, has traveled there three times from his native Wellington. During his trips, his dad often took him to pet stores that offered some exotic pets, and Stevie developed a keen interest in snakes, spiders and insects.

Despite his enthusiasm for the reptile he was representing, Stevie apparently wasn’t offended by the airport’s insistence that he change his shirt. Having a good sense of humor about the whole affair, he proposed a toast to South Africa upon arriving home with his family.

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers

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United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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