As additional witnesses come forward, Frontier Airlines is facing more questions over what exactly transpired onboard that lead to the ejection of a large Jewish family and eventually the cancellation of the flight.
Frontier Airlines Still Defends Removing Jewish Family, But Witnesses Paint A Different Picture
I first covered this story on Monday, which included multiple videos onboard suggesting a family was thrown off because their toddler son (under age two) would not wear a mask. Additional facts have now emerged:
- The Hasidic Jewish family, 22 members in all, were traveling together to New York
- 13 adults
- 9 children
- The children were between 15 months to five years old
- They were sitting in the last few rows of the plane
- Apparently, a “few” of the youngsters “briefly” took of their masks to eat
Frontier insists that members of the family, including adults, did not wear masks and refused to wear masks:
Members of a large group, including adults, refused to wear masks as flight 2878 was preparing for departure from MIA-LGA. Repeated requests to comply with federal law necessitated their removal from the flight. The issue did not stem from a child under 2.
— Frontier Airlines (@FlyFrontier) March 1, 2021
But this assertion is directly contradicted by multiple witnesses onboard.
Even more disturbing, another passenger onboard (unrelated to the family) shared that as the family deplaned, flight attendants applauded, exchanged high fives, and one said, “A job well done to those Jews.”
You can watch his account plus another corroborating account here:
EYEWITNESS VIDEO! Multiple people say on the record in this video that as the Hasidic couple started leaving the airplane, @FlyFrontier staff applauded, exchanged high fives and one allegedly said “a job well done to those Jews.” Att @PeteButtigieg @FAANews @SenatorCantwell pic.twitter.com/m1Azjw5Hbx
— OJPAC (@OJPAC) March 1, 2021
As the family departed, cries of anger and charges of anti-semitism could be heard throughout the cabin. The fact that the flight was ultimately cancelled suggests that other passengers onboard sided with the family, not against them.
The witnesses above provide damning testimony against the Frontier flight attendants onboard flight 2878. Even if there were adults who were not mask compliant, the applause and high fives along with the alleged statement reflect extremely poorly on Frontier Airlines.