BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Everyone has a bad once in a while. But that doesn’t imply that we should behave ourselves like insensitive egomaniacs. Recently, a couple of passengers clapped as allergic kid left an airplane, leaving him and his family with a bitter taste in their mouth.
We can’t always say that life is full of roses. Sometimes you manage to pluck out the rose from that garden, but there are many times when we get stung by the thorns. Whatever the case may be, a thorn or a personal issue is no excuse for unwholesomeness.
This is basically what happened to Giovanni Alvarado, a 7-year-old boy, and his family when they tried to board the 171 Flight from Bellingham to Phoenix. The family planned to spend some time at home, to share some memories and reminisce, when their plans were thwarted by the boy’s allergic reaction.
It may not seem important, but Giovanni’s allergic reaction provided more insight on people’s narrow-mindedness than a thousand novels. Before we talk about the facts what transpired on board the 171 Flight, we should be aware that there was more to this trip than the thought of spending some time with the family.
George Alvarado, Giovanni’s father, was previously diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. Given the disease’s rapid progression and his symptoms, Alvarado the senior has only a few months left to live. And this family trip was all about Giovanni, who wants to spend as much time with his father as he can.
But the trip was not meant to be. As soon as the family boarded the plane, Giovanni began to exhibit the symptoms consistent with an allergic reaction. Christina Fabian, Giovanni’s mother declared that as soon as the family boarded the flight, her son began to scratch all over his body while he kept saying that he is very itchy.
After a while, the little boy began to get hives from all the scratching. Naturally, the family alerted the flight attendant and asked her if there are any animals on board the plane because Giovanni is allergic to dogs. Without flinching from her routine, the flight attendant responded that each plane transports animals in the cargo bay and that it is in the family’s best interest to disembark.
Baffled by the flight attendant’s response, the family quickly began to search for their belongings in order to quit the plane. Naturally, the flight to Phoenix was delayed, much to the discontent of the other passengers.
When the family left the plane, the other passengers began to applaud their initiative of leaving the plane, because they grew tired of waiting for them. Passengers clapped as allergic kid left the airplane, leaving us with a bitter taste and with many unanswered questions about our inability to show some degree of empathy toward other human beings.
Why should we stoop to such attitudes when we don’t even know the other side of the story? Maybe there was more to the family’s story than a child who developed an allergic reaction. But we simply don’t care. We only care about our meaningless lives, without even thinking about others.