A California family with a son with Down syndrome were not allowed to board a flight from Newark to Los Angeles Sunday after their son was deemed a "security risk".

FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy has details:

The Vanderhorst family upgraded to first class and requested that their 16-year-old son be able to sit next to one of his parents, a request granted by the airline.

But they were stopped by airline personnel saying their son was a "security risk". They were rebooked into a different flight in coach seats in the back of the plane with no passengers allowed to sit within two rows of them.

An American Airlines spokesman says the decision was made because the disabled boy who is five-foot-one and 160 pounds was agitated and running around the gate area. The family denies their son displayed any offensive behavior claiming discrimination.

Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.

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