A couple who were forced off a United flight after their two-year-old daughter was unable to keep her mask on are heading to Florida in Delta First Class…without their daughter.
Ironic: Couple Ditches Daughter To Fly Delta First Class To Florida
Eliz Orban shared of the news on Instagram:
It’s hard to comprehend the past couple of days, and all I’ve been doing is praying that God would speak through us, use this story, and give us strength to keep going despite all the evil we have encountered.
It breaks our heart that we couldn’t bring our daughter, 💔 we tried calling the airlines and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone and we could honestly just not go through again what we went through on Friday. Just driving to the airport today was super triggering.
Our daughter is in the best hands at home, and as hard as it is that she’s not here- knowing how much love she is surrounded by gives us so much peace. We couldn’t bear to take her through what we went through again.
I STILL feel humiliated, traumatized, and triggered by what happened. But the amount of messages I have gotten by people being on our side and experiencing similar situations has truly been overwhelmingly beautiful.
And the reason we are able to be on this Delta flight in the boujiest first class, is because Bryant Ellis reached out and offered to get us to our next destination AND in first class.
I balled my eyes out. And here we are. ✈️🧡
I can’t disclose exactly all the reasons we had to get down to Palm Beach for, but you bet there are a lot of things in the works, stay tuned for the next couple of days.
And for all the people calling us morons for traveling in a pandemic, please slide to the next picture posted BY @united and remember there are hundreds of thousands of people flying every single day- but if it makes you happy to single us out, then whatever floats your boat.
I’m posting about this for a few reasons. First, it pays to get thrown off a United flight…it seems a lot of charity has been thrown at the family including a first class ticket on Delta. Second, as the father of a recently-turned four-year-old, I’m not sure a two-year-old would be deeply scarred by what occurred onboard. Third, Delta is the one airline that does not compel young children to wear masks. I find it quite odd that Orban “tried calling the airlines and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone” when Delta’s child mask policy is quite clear:
Children under the age two and young children who cannot maintain a face covering are exempt from the mask requirement.
The little one could certainly have come along.
The irony is that Orbans are now flying Delta, the one airline that would welcome their daughter without a mask, but chose to leave her home anyway. Perhaps that was for the best, but it’s an interesting twist to the story.