CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. A Grand Rapids-area teenager with a nut allergy is suing Amtrak, saying his rights were violated when he was barred from riding the train without an adult.
Amtrak's website says kids ages 13 to 15 can't travel without an adult if they have a life-threatening food allergy. Thirteen-year-old Noah Joseph wanted to ride to Dearborn from Kalamazoo with a 16-year-old brother last summer, but Amtrak said no when their mother tried to buy tickets.
A lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Washington. Noah's mother, Karen Joseph of Cascade Township, says Amtrak's policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Noah wanted to visit his grandmother in the Detroit area.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday.