Earlier this year a pregnant woman was forcibly removed from a Disney cruise, sparking outrage among many in the travel industry.
Missouri resident Emily Jackson traveled to Port Miami with her family in April, with the intention of taking a cruise on the Disney Magic. But when the 25-week pregnant mother of two arrived at the cruise terminal she was informed that the company has a policy of not allowing women over 24 weeks pregnant onto the ship.
Jackson’s father attempted to intervene and ensure that the family’s vacation would not be ruined. But instead of accommodating the travelers, the family was removed from the terminal by armed security personnel.
Jackson recorded much of the confrontation, which she later posted online.
In a statement Disney insisted that its actions were taken for Jackson’s own good, saying:
“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.”