In what appears to be another ridiculous lack of common sense on the part of Spirit Airlines, a family was removed because their two-year-old could not keep a mask on while eating yogurt.
Spirit Airlines Kicks Off Another Family Over Mask Compliance…Then Lets Them Back Onboard
Ari and Avital Eisenberg were traveling from Orlando to Atlantic City on Spirt Airlines with their two-year-old daughter, Rikki, and seven-year-old son, Daniel. Avital is also seven months pregnant. Their son had a documented disability and could not keep his mask on. But that wasn’t the issue. Flight attendants instead took issue with the Eisenberg’s two-year-old daughter.
In widely-shared videos, a flight attendant is heard ordering the family to get off the aircraft, even though the two-year-old girl is eating yogurt quietly. Other passengers jump to the family’s defense, but the police are called. The flight attendant blames the pilot.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) April 5, 2021
VIDEO: @SpiritAirlines staffer tells pregnant Mom that her young child needs to put on a mask despite eating or else police will be called.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) April 5, 2021
The family was removed, but in a strange (and welcome) turn of events was later deemed not a threat and allowed back on. A Spirit Airlines spokesperson indicated the family was allowed back on after promising to abide by mask guidelines, which call for passengers aged two and over to wear masks, expect when eating or drinking. Exceptions are offered for passengers with disabilities. The Eisenbergs noted that masks could trigger seizures for Daniel.
Initial reports suggested that a flight attendant was escorted off by police for berating the family. That did not happen, though it does appear that pouting flight crew refused to fly with the “dangerous” family. Instead, Spirit Airlines had to find a new crew.
ORLANDO: HORRIFIC – Family with special needs child is kicked off @SpiritAirlines flight to NJ – along with entire plane – after their 2-year-old didn’t wear a mask. Police were called. pic.twitter.com/qTwQrrh2au
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) April 5, 2021
Happy ending for the family kicked off Spirit Airlines! Everyone got back on they kicked the flight attendant off instead 😋 pic.twitter.com/Te2G6W04GZ
— suzy (@suzy__1776) April 5, 2021
If it isn’t obvious, I find situations like this to be incredibly absurd. In this case, I’m so glad the family was let back on. It goes well beyond the risk-benefit analysis of young children spreading the virus. Instead, it goes to basic issues of decency and humanity. Avital noted:
“My son missed his medication window. Thank God he didn’t have a seizure. He was sitting there in a soaking wet diaper because I couldn’t change him during the whole thing. My daughter is going crazy from all this it was a terrible terrible experience to go through let alone someone with a special needs child.”
That is the unintended consequences of such a ridiculous mandate.
And I also feel very sorry for the flight attendant in the video above. You can sense her discomfort as she was asked by a coward pilot to handle the situation. Flight attendants are stuck between a rock in a hard place. Many reasonably see the absurdity of forcing two-year-olds to wear masks. But they also must enforce company policy. Consequently, they endure the scorn of everyone. It’s not a position I envy.
I’m happy the family was allowed back onboard and able to travel to New Jersey. The incident should never have happened in the first place and it high time to exempt young children from wearing masks as many countries around the world do. Remember, the United Kingdom not only does not compel young children to wear masks, but says they are harmful. So what it? Whatever it is, throwing off a two-year-old is indefensible.