A mum claims she was forced off a flight because her tired toddler refused to wear a face mask.

Rachel Davis was aboard an American Airlines plane with two-year-old son Lyon when a crew member told her if the child didn't put on a covering they would have to be ejected.

Still making their way to their seats, Ms Davis said she attempted to put a mask on her son but he was tired and not co-operating.

The pair had been on three other flights with the airline that week and the despairing mum said it was the first time her child was being forced to wear a mask.

Rachel was desperate to get home after the "worst week"

In an Instagram post Ms Davis explained how she'd "tried repeatedly, begged him, bribed him" while her little boy was "screaming and crying".

She said the incident left her feeling her "absolute lowest of lows as a mother".

The mum said the flight attendant told her Lyon would have to wear a mask as it is company policy or they couldn't fly.

A fellow passenger filmed the ensuing confrontation between Ms Davis and staff

After further failed attempts to put the mask on in which Ms Davis herself was "bawling my eyes out and hyperventilating" while wearing her own mask, eventually the captain said all passengers would have to deplane.

"Rather than get themselves any bad press by escorting a crying mom and two year old off the plane, they forced everyone to deplane, and wouldn't let us back on the flight home," she said.

Ms Davis was desperate to make the flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Manchester, New Hampshire, after "the worst week".

Some commenters felt the cabin crew should have shown more compassion

"He would have been asleep before we even pushed back if they had just been humans," she noted, adding: "This is the world we live in?"

A fellow passenger posted a video clip of Ms Davis confronting airline staff asking if she should "Duct tape his face".

"You don't know? Because there is nothing to be done - he is two years old for God's sake!" she screams.

In a statement to the Daily Mail, American Airlines said: "To ensure the safety of our customers and team, American Airlines requires all persons 2 years and older to wear an appropriate face covering throughout the entirety of their journey.

"Policies are enforced and approved face coverings are made available at key points throughout the customer journey. We've reached out to the family to learn more about their recent travel experience and to address their concerns."

This is in line with guidance from the CDC.