Passengers on a flight heading from Orlando, Florida to the tri-state today were thrown off the plane after a two-year-old Jewish child who was eating a yogurt wasn’t wearing a mask.
This incident is the latest debacle on a Spirit Airlines flight.
The 11 a.m. flight was full of frum people returning from Orlando after having spent the Yom Tov of Pesach there.
The child’s mother, seated on the left side of the plane next to her husband, with her child on her lap, explained to the flight staff that her child is only two years old and would not wear a mask, not to mention that the child was eating at the time.
The family resides in Toms River, NJ. The flight is headed to Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
The staff member who confronted the couple was obnoxious and would not relent, ultimately forcing everyone on the flight off the plane.
The staff members ignored the fact that the mother is expecting and that the couple has a 6-year-old special needs child. They also ignored the fact that everyone around them attested to the fact that the couple had been wearing their masks the entire time.
As the couple tried to explain that the child, Rikki, is merely a month after her second birthday, the child continued eating a Mehadrin yogurt and the rude staff member kept repeating that they’d have to leave the plane.
They then tried to get the child to wear various masks of different colors, but the child refused.
“What the h— am I supposed to do with her?” asks the mother, exasperated. “Anyone else wanna try putting a mask on my kid and see if it stays on? You’re more than welcome to.”
The entire incident was captured on video.
Update: The flight has been permitted to reboard the flight. The fight attendant who created the tumult has been removed from the plane.
Update: The flight has finally taken off at 1:49 p.m. and is scheduled to land at Atlantic City International Airport at 3:52 p.m.