A Spirit Airlines flight attendant demanded that a young family deplane from an Orlando to New York flight on Monday because their two-year-old daughter, who was eating, had removed her mask. The mother, who was seven months pregnant, her husband and their special needs son were all wearing masks.
The flight attendant told the mother “I told you. Non-compliance. You will have to get off.”
The father said they would put the mask back on the child.
“The pilot wants you off. You have to get off,” she kept repeating.
Passengers seated around the family came to their defense, but this was non-negotiable.
In the second video, as the family is preparing to leave, the father is telling passengers he’d been told that an African-American passenger had complained about the child.
A report from Breaking 911 claimed the entire flight was deplaned.
Last month, Spirit Airlines made headlines for forcing a family with a 4-year-old autistic child off the plane, according to CBS News. The family had a note from the boy’s physician which explained his disability, but it made no difference.
A spokesperson for the airline later told CBS, “Our existing policy does not provide for medical exemptions, regardless of diagnosis. Our team members explained this to a family traveling today, but never questioned anyone’s medical status in the process.”
The spokesperson said that policy was scheduled to change on March 19, one week after this incident took place. (This incident did not cause the policy change.)
“Starting March 19, 2021, guests with a medical disability who are traveling on or after March 22, 2021 can apply for an exemption as provided for in the federal mandate requiring masks in airports and on planes.”
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— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 5, 2021