Lara Travis noticed her son, Lincoln, 6, was itchy on a recent flight from Paris to Minneapolis. She discovered that the child had somehow picked up a case of head lice.
His dad, Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis, says flight attendants freaked out when they caught wind of the situation.
"Zero indication of [lice] at all until halfway across the Atlantic Ocean and he suddenly started itching hair,” he told Inside Edition. "My wife went over to him and said, 'Why are you so itchy?' At that point in time, flight attendants gathered around and asked my wife, 'Does he have lice?'"
The Travis family had a connecting flight to catch once they landed in Minneapolis before they could get home to Nashville. While they were standing in line at customs, a Delta flight attendant tracked them down.
"She said, 'We're going to conduct an exam of your kid here.' Hundreds of people standing around. I said, 'I don't want my kid to have a medical exam.' She said, ‘If you don't allow us to do this you can't fly on Delta Airlines,'" he claimed.
The airline said Lincoln had to receive lice treatment before he could get on another Delta plane.
Clay Travis wrote about it on his website, Out Kick the Coverage, in a post entitled, “Delta Pulled My Family Off Its Planes” sparking a big debate in the process.
Some critics slammed the father for not bathing his child. Others chimed in saying he was exposing an entire plane to head lice.
The father says his child baths and washes his hair.
Dermatologist Doris Day spoke to Inside Edition about the likelihood of plane passengers catching lice from each other.
"Just because you are in a plane or closed space doesn't necessarily mean you are going to get head lice from someone who is infected," she said. "You really get exposed to it more by sharing articles of clothing or instruments like hair brushes or combs."
Lincoln eventually got lice treatment and the whole family eventually wound up home in Nashville. But dad is still furious.
“They took my kid out and conducted an exam in front of hundreds of people," he told Inside Edition. "That seems like aggressive overreach."
Delta Airlines said in a statement that health and safety is their top priority, adding that they are working with the family to resolve the issue.