Family Says They Were Escorted Out Of The Building By Armed Guards For Being Too Pregnant?
Emily Jackson, 25, says she understands the Disney’s policy about pregnant women but says the treatment she and her family received was extreme. Emily is currently expecting and around 25 weeks into her pregnancy. This is Emily’s third child and the family booked a cruise through Disney.
While Emily says she wasn’t aware of Disney’s policy not to transport expecting women after they’ve reached 24 weeks, she says that isn’t what upset her. The Disney staff were allegedly rude to Emily and her family. Going so far as to escort them out of the building by means of armed security guards- where the family and small children were forced to wait for their luggage in the hot Florida heat.
While watching Emily’s homemade video of their experience there was another concerning issue that stood out to us- outside of what is going on with the family. As you see the staff laughing from behind the glass the footage cuts over to show another passenger’s social security number out for everyone to see.
The staff didn’t seem slightly concerned and the owner of the Social Security number was seen visibly upset.
Pointing out their negligence may have led to the family being booted from the building as Disney is notorious for using ‘scare tactics’ to keep patrons in line. So much so, it’s become a pun in several movies.
Did Disney go too far this time? Watch the video and let us know in the comments below.
In response to the incident, Disney Cruise Line has released the following statement to Fox News:
“While we understand the guests’ disappointment with not being able to board the ship, for health and safety reasons, our policy does not allow women who have reached the 24th week of pregnancy to travel, which is consistent with other cruise lines and is noted on our website and in travel documents our guests receive before sailing,” stated Cynthia Martinez, a spokesperson for Disney Cruise Line.
“The Miami-Dade Police Department is responsible for security at the port and handled the situation as they felt appropriate given the guest’s actions.”
The cruise line’s FAQ webpage also outlines the same policy concerning pregnant passengers. “Women who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy as of their embarkation date or who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy during the cruise will be refused passage due to safety concerns,” the site reads. “Neither a doctor’s medical statement nor a waiver of liability will be accepted.”
Jackson explained on YouTube that she was unaware of the cruise’s cut-off for expecting passengers, but understands their concerns.