The bucket list trip was all about making memories—just not the kind a Phoenix family is now stuck with. Terminal cancer patient George Alvarado brought his wife, Christina Fabian, and 7-year-old son, Giovanni, to Bellingham, Wash., to visit family. But when they boarded an Allegiant Airlines flight back to Phoenix on Monday, Giovanni had an allergic reaction to a dog on board, reports KTAR. "He started to get hives," Fabian tells KING5. The plane was delayed 90 minutes before the airline decided to remove the family for safety reasons. "We understood," Fabian says. But as they disembarked, passengers clapped.
"Thank you for your insulting, ignorant, insinuating comments that minimized my son's experience, and make a horrible memory at the end of my husband's life," writes Fabian on Facebook. "Shame on you for being so cruel." Allegiant has apologized to the family over the incident, though the family doesn't blame the airline—only the clapping passengers and one flight attendant they accuse of having a "bad attitude." Says Alvarado: "You don't know how much time people have or why they are hurting. Just be nice. Be kind." (Read more Allegiant Airlines stories.)