He was left horrified and humiliated, and tried to explain to the officers that his son was scared of flying, so he was simply holding him until he fell asleep.
In the end, Amador-Batten was not charged with a crime and released. However, he told HuffPost that both he and Ben remain traumatized by the experience. “That flight attendant’s false accusation did not save a child, it put an entire family in danger,” he said. “We’re [made to] understand that families like ours, created out of choice and love, are fragile by nature. … We are not as protected nor solidified, and we need to be.”
“Our customers should always be treated with the utmost respect,” a spokesperson for United told the HuffPo. “We have followed up with the customers directly and we apologized for the situation.”
Amador-Batten said that although United called to apologize he said that the apology was “empty and hollow,” and that he and his husband have hired an attorney, especially since the accusation came as the two are in the process of adopting a second child.
“The most painful part of this continues to be how this affected my son, and how it may continue to,” he said. “He’s not been sleeping well, refusing to sleep in his own room and just wants to be by his daddies.”
You can hear his first-hand account of what happened over at HuffPo.